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Mayor assaults cameraman in Amazonas

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 22 May 2007, the mayor of the district of Cajaruro, Antero Dueñas Dávila, hit cameraman Luis Cumpa Quiroga, a correspondent for América Televisión, in the face, after the mayor's sentencing for the crime of usurpation of functions. Cumpa Quiroga was videotaping the mayor as he left the court when the mayor struck him without any apparent provocation. The mayor was sentenced to four years in prison and also barred from public office for a year. Cajaruro is in the Amazonas region in north eastern Peru.

The cameraman was aided by the other reporters who were also waiting for the mayor. Cumpa Quiroga will file a complaint with the local prosecutor's office.

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