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Photojournalist assaulted in Chimbote by members of construction workers' union

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 10 June 2007, a group of members of the Civil Construction Workers' Union (Sindicato de Trabajadores de Construcción Civil) assaulted photographer Paul Meza Castañeda of Chimbote's newspaper "La Industria", when he was covering a union meeting. Chimbote is a port in northwestern Peru.

The workers and their wives threw rocks and bricks at Meza Castañeda when they realized that he was taking pictures of a fight among the union's leaders. They then knocked him to the floor and hit him. Meza Castañeda suffered minor injuries and his camera was damaged.

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