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Journalists harassed during protest in Santa Cruz against national government

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 29 November 2007, a correspondent for the state-owned TBN television station in Santa Cruz and his camera operator were harassed by a group of youths who barricaded the streets during a "civic strike" - an attempt to slow down the public's movements and economic activities - held in opposition to the national government. A number of protests have recently been held around the country, in opposition to the approval of a new Constitution (see IFEX alerts of 30, 28, 29 November 2007 and others).

The youth let the air out of the journalists' vehicle's tires, took the keys and tried to grab their recording equipment. The police were able to prevent any further attacks.

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