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Journalist struck, detained by National Guard members when covering protest in Aragua

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 24 April 2007, journalist Gina Reyes was struck and detained by members of the National Guard while she was covering a protest march in the state of Aragua, central Venezuela. Reyes is a correspondent for the newspaper "El Carabobeño".

The journalist told IPYS that, even though she identified herself as a reporter, she was taken to the local National Guard headquarters where her portable tape-recorder and her mobile phone were confiscated. She was detained for six hours.

Before being released she was made to sign a document which said that her detention had been a mistake caused by her failing to identify herself to the authorities.

Captain Luis Rosales, commander of the third Company - La Victoria, of the state of Aragua, apologized to the journalist over the incident.

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