In an echo of the 2011 attack on CBS News reporter Lara Logan, a mob in Cairo’s Tahrir Square assaulted French reporter Sonia Dridi last night while she was reporting on protests there. Dridi thankfully survived the assault:
The Daily Mail Online provides details on the harrowing attack:
“The news channel said in a statement that Sonia Dridi was attacked around 10:30pm on Friday after a live broadcast on a protest at the square and was later rescued by a colleague and other witnesses.
‘The crowd surged in and then it went crazy. It was basically me keeping her in a bear hug, both arms around her and face-to-face,’ he said, estimating that at least 30 men were involved.
‘It was hard to tell who was helping and who was groping her.”
This video appears to catch the beginning of the assault:
Not surprisingly, the reaction to the news featured anger and relief:
Many noted that the continued violence in Egypt belies the promise of the Arab Spring, which was supported by President Obama:
Maybe Mr. Obama regards the attack on Dridi as just another bump in the road?
Some wondered why the US media is silent:
Thanks also went out to Ashraf Khalil, whose brave intervention undoubtedly kept Dridi from greater injury:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Dridi.