Journalist, journalist, journalist! ABC News Reporter beaten by Military in Bahrain

ABC News Correspondent Miguel Marquez Injured

Marquez said he was not badly injured, but he was hit several times and his camera was pulled from his hands while he yelled, “Journalist, journalist!” — trying to show he was not a protester.

Marquez was on the phone to ABC News in New York when the attack happened.

Click HERE or on video in upper left to listen to Marquez’s report.

“There was a canister that looked like — No! No! No! Hey! I’m a journalist here!” he yelled. “I’m going! I’m going! I’m going! I’m going! … I’m hit. “I just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs,” Marquez said later. “I’m now in a marketplace near our hotel where people are cowering in buildings.”

He paused.

“I mean, these people are not screwing around,” he added. “They’re going to clear that square, tonight, ahead of any protest on Friday. The government clearly does not want this to get any bigger.”

Bahrain Is Latest Flashpoint

After his incident, Marquez was able to put together a brief report from Bahrain:

“Pearl Square in downtown Manama: Tonight, it has become the center of a growing and increasingly organized protest,” he said. “There appear to be tens of thousands of protesters here. Keep in mind that this is a country of less than a million people. “The protests began Monday in mainly Shia Muslim areas on the outskirts of the city,” he said. “At the time, the protesters wanted more work and opportunities from the Sunni-dominated government.

“But after two protesters were killed, the crowds and demands have grown stronger and bigger.”

via Police Forces Storm Bahrain Protest Leaving At Least 4 Dead, ABC News’ Miguel Marquez Gets Roughed Up – ABC News.


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