ABC News Correspondent Beaten in Bahrain
Miguel Marquez says he began yelling "Journalist!" during the military crackdown to show he wasn't a protestor.
ABC News correspondent Miguel Marquez was beaten during a military crackdown in Bahrain's capital, Manama, on Wednesday, according to ABCNews.com.
Two people reportedly were killed during the incident.
Marquez said he was hit with billy clubs and his camera taken from him as he yelled, "Journalist, journalist!" in an attempt to show authorities that he was not a protester. Marquez added that he was not badly injured.
Marquez is the latest Western journalist to be attacked covering protests in the Arab world. CBS News' Lara Logan was sexually assaulted in Cairo last week, while CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Christiane Amanpour were attacked in Egypt earlier this month.
Marquez was on the phone to ABC News in New York when it happened. "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!"
He later added: "I'm hit. "I just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs.
"I mean, these people are not screwing around. 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."
King Hamad al khalifa went on TV to order police to back off and called for an investigation into the deaths.
Protesters in Bahrain are demanding jobs, the release of political prisoners, constitutional reforms and an end to the monarchy.
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