Journalist beaten, detained by police near US Embassy

Journalist beaten, detained by police near US Embassy

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Mon, 26/11/2012 - 21:47

Security forces physically assaulted Mohamed al-Qamash, a journalist at Al-Siyasi magazine, while he was covering clashes at Simon Bolivar Square near the US Embassy in Cairo, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Monday.

A fire began near the embassy while protesters were marching in the funeral of April 6 Youth member Gaber Salah, known as Jika, who died Sunday from injuries suffered in clashes on Mohamed Mahmoud Street earlier this week.

After the fire broke out, Qamash was heading back to his office when security forces seized his cell phone and beat him with sticks, witnesses reported.

Qamash is still in police custody.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm