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Police officers assault camera operator covering a business meeting in Chiclayo

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 4 October 2007, Carlos Quiroga, camera operator for Canal 21 Universal television station, was beaten by plainclothes policemen while he covered a meeting of businesspersons in La Mercedes market in the city of Chiclayo, in Lambayeque region, northern Peru.

The camera operator was taping the meeting when the policemen, whose surnames are Uribe and Díaz, aggressively demanded that he stop. They then held him from the back, beat him and attempted to seize his belt-pack and camera. Silvia Arrascue, a correspondent for Radio Programas del Perú (RPP), was pushed and insulted by another policeman named Pachérrez when she attempted to defend her colleague. Quiroga told IPYS that the policemen smelled of alcohol.

Following the incident, the chief of Chiclayo's Police Station, Mayor Jorge Quiroz Grosso, and Colonel José Raúl Ubaldo Aliaga, chief of the Lambayeque Police Region, apologized to the journalists and promised that the offending officers would be published.

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