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In Egypt, protests appear to have reached a new phase. Yesterday, we saw supporters of President Hosni Mubarak attack anti-government demonstrators. Today, journalists, human-rights workers and foreigners in Cairo were targeted by angry mobs and by security forces.
SIEGEL: NPR's own Lourdes Garcia-Navarro was also attacked, and she sent this report.
LOURDES GARCIA: Unidentified Man #2: He's a driver.
GARCIA: Unidentified Man #3: (Foreign language spoken)
GARCIA: Khalil is a longtime resident of the city. He says Egyptians are usually welcoming of foreigners because of the booming tourism industry here.
ASHRAF KHALIL: What happened today - I've lived here on and off since 1997 - I did not think they had it in them, this kind of violent paranoia and xenophobia. I've never seen Egypt like this.
GARCIA: Andrew Butters works for Time magazine. His experience was typical. He says even though bands of armed men are carrying out the attacks, the security services, at least in some parts of the city, seem to be orchestrating them.
ANDREW BUTTERS: I was grabbed by a young guy with a club who hauled me over to an improvised checkpoint, and a few of them punched me. And what was clear they were doing was they were coordinating with the police and rounding up all foreigners, and they were being coordinated and commanded by an agent from the interior ministry who looked straight out of Central Casting, with leather trench coat and walkie-talkie.
GARCIA: Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, NPR News, Cairo.
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