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Journalist assaulted, his videotape seized by protestors in Ciudad Guayana

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 4 March 2008, freelance journalist Carlos Gómez was assaulted as he filmed several buses set on fire during a street protest by workers of the Siderúrigica del Orinoco (SIDOR) steel company in Ciudad Guayana, State of Bolívar, in southern Venezuela.

The protesters berated the journalist for filming the scene, forced him to turn off his equipment, pelted him with rocks and attempted to steal his radio.

Gómez stated that the videotape was taken from him. Firefighters saved him from further harassment.

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