Posted on March 21, 2016

60 Minutes Team Attacked by Thugs as They Reported on Europe’s Refugee Crisis

Daniel Piotrowski and Frank Coletta, Daily Mail, March 18, 2016

This is the moment a 60 Minutes crew working with reporter Liz Hayes was attacked while on on assignment in Stockholm.

Crew members were interviewing residents about the European migrant crisis in the suburb of Rinkeyby when they were set upon by a group of masked men.

Footage released by the Nine Network on Friday show Ms Hayes politely walking through the streets saying hello to a group of men.

But the situation spiraled get out of hand–with an assailant hurling a heavy metal can and members of the team kicked and punched.

The network claims a cameraman was even run over.

The incident was first reported by Sweden’s Avpixlat news service earlier this month.

The outlet said the team were twice set upon by a ‘group of young African masked men’.

‘When a cameraman got out of the car, a car drove up next to him and the African driver of the vehicle began to fight,’ the agency reported.

‘After two minutes fuss about why they would shoot right in Rinkeby as the driver drove over the cameraman’s foot.

‘The man fell and lay still for a moment while the team continued to film the car quickly drove away.’

Police were called and took statements but once they left another group lay siege on the Australian crew.

‘A photographer was attacked and received a blow on the mouth with a closed fist so that the bloodshed occurred,’ wrote Jan Sjunnesson.

‘A jar was then discarded into the camera. At the same time attacked another photographer who also was beaten right across the chin so that a tooth loose.’

The team then decided to leave Rinkeby.

A Nine Network spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia a camerman and producer were slightly injured.

Liz Hayes was unhurt.

The story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes on Sunday evening at 7pm.