…im Lens Blog der New York Times, erzaehlt aus der Perspektive verschiedener Agenturfotografen. Alles andere als einfach dort, und ganz egal, wie man Gutjahrs kurzen Abstecher nach Kairo sieht: Es ist nicht einfach, von dort zu berichten.
Very suddenly 50% of the crowd started attacking me – kicking, punching and slapping. The other 50% (anti-Mubarak supporters) quickly encircled me to protect me. […] We were headed towards an Egyptian army tank and when we hit the it, the men positioned me with my back to the tank, squatting down. At this point, I was pinned. People continued to kick, punch and grab at cameras. Soldiers standing on top of the tank were waving pistols and screaming. I was fucking terrified. My shirt was ripped from my back, hands went into my pockets (the most they got was my CF cards), the men protecting me were looking at me screaming me, ‘you are safe, we are here for you, we will get you out of this.”
I only escaped when the soldiers on top of the tank literally ripped me out of the crowd, lifting me by the armpits. I was dumped head first inside the tank.
I dont know what happened to the men that protected me. I owe them my life, or something close to it.