Guardian reporter beaten by police and arrested in Egypt

Guardian reporter Jack Schenker has written about being badly beaten by plain clothes police while covering riots in Egypt last night.

The men were burly and wore leather jackets – up close I could see they were amin dowla, plain-clothes officers from Egypt‘s notorious state security service. All attempts I made to tell them in Arabic and English that I was an international journalist were met with more punches and slaps; around me I could make out other isolated protesters also being hauled along, receiving the same treatment.

Schenker was loaded on to a truck with 44 others and driven to the government security headquarters, recording all the time what was happening. Full report and audio here.

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