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Regional government's photographer and demonstrators assault, injure radio journalist in Loreto

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 5 June 2007, journalist Antonio Freyre Pizango, of Radio Jabes radio station's programme "Buenos Días Requena", was assaulted by Loreto's regional government's video camera operator, Félix Da Silva, and a group of supporters of that same government's president, Iván Vásquez, when he was covering a protest march organized in Requena, a town in northeastern Peru.

Freyre Pizango was hit when he tried to interview a group of municipal market vendors who refused to join the march. According to the journalist, Da Silva pretended he was about to greet him but instead hit him in the head. The protesters then pushed him to the ground where they also beat him. He was diagnosed at the local health center as having a broken wrist and bruises all over his body.

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