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Egypt - Al Jazeera Studio in Cairo Set Ablaze after Angry Protest

Published on: November 21, 2012 09:08 AM
By: Reuters
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People stand inside the gutted live studios of Al-Jazeera in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Egyptian protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Wednesday and attacked a top Cairo security chief who tried to negotiate an end of protests after three days of violence in central Cairo. The protesters attacked Qatari-based Al-Jazeera Live studio overlooking Tahrir square with Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs leaving it gutted by fire hours later. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)People stand inside the gutted live studios of Al-Jazeera in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Egyptian protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Wednesday and attacked a top Cairo security chief who tried to negotiate an end of protests after three days of violence in central Cairo. The protesters attacked Qatari-based Al-Jazeera Live studio overlooking Tahrir square with Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs leaving it gutted by fire hours later. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)

Egypt - A studio used by the Al Jazeera TV network in Cairo was set on fire on Wednesday in an attack that an employee said was carried out by a mob that had been chanting slogans against the Qatari-owned station.

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The studio overlooks Tahrir Square and is located near the scene of violent clashes between youths and the security forces this week in which dozens of people have been injured. Those confrontations grew out of protests to mark the first anniversary of lethal street battles in the same area.

The first-floor office used by Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, a station set up after the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, was badly damaged by fire.

The studio’s windows were smashed and two empty bottles, which had apparently been converted into fire bombs, were found inside the office.

The channel was dedicated to covering Egyptian affairs.

The Interior Ministry described the perpetrators as “trouble makers” who had attacked police officers when they had arrived to investigate, the state news agency reported. The public prosecutor has ordered an investigation.

“There were 200 to 250 people gathered outside the studio chanting against the channel,” Ahmed Dessouki, a producer with the channel, told Reuters television.


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 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM Liepa Says:

The Interior Ministry described the perpetrators as “trouble makers”.
A product of Egypt, post Mubarak. The Arab spring continues.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM Mayer Says:

How long should I hold my breath for before I hear the loud and strident condemnations from the world's journalists about this atrocious assault on press freedom?

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM Mark Levin Says:

Obama just announced it was a sudden demonstration protesting some "movie" that no one has seen or heard of.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM A Culture of Death Says:

These mindless thugs are all full service - point them in any direction & they're ready to kill and destroy. Yet the world can't quite figure out why WE don't hurry up and make "peace."

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM Love it!! Says:

Anybody hear from the Paris based director Reporters without Borders?
Because he was hopping mad the other day when an Israeli missle aimed at an Hizbullah officer he was hiding in his offices in Gazza, sent them scurrying.

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