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Teachers assault radio journalist during protest in Huaraz

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 20 June2007, Radio Huaraz Stereo radio station journalist Francisco Rodríguez Robles was assaulted by a group of teachers when he was covering their protest against the national government in Huaraz, capital of the Ancash region in northwestern Peru. The assailants belong to the Huaraz and Recuay chapter of Peru's Education Workers' Union (Sindicato Unitario de Trabajadores en la Educación del Perú, SUTEP).

Rodríguez, producer of the programme "Sin Fronteras y Enfoque", told IPYS that the attack was encouraged by union leader Laura Morales, who wanted to stop the journalist from reporting on the demonstration. The assailants pushed him to the floor and hit him.

The journalist filed an accusation at a nearby police station and will request protection from the city's government.

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