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ANTV soundman receives fractures and lung injury at hands of opposition candidate's sympathisers

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 11 August 2008, Guillermo Torín, a soundman for ANTV television station, was beaten by a group of supporters of Leopoldo López, mayor of the Caracas municipality of Chacao, who were going with him to the National Electoral Council's (CNE) headquarters in the city to register his nomination for next November's regional elections. (López is a prominent opponent of President Hugo Chávez.) At the time of the attack, Torín was wearing a vest identifying him as an employee of the television station.

ANTV's producer Nathaly Berazate informed IPYS that Torín had left the television station to run an errand when he was attacked. The beating left him with a broken rib and elbow, and a fissure in one of his lungs. Torín required surgery to his arm.

ANTV president Darío Vivas, who is also a member of parliament, demanded an investigation into the events before the National Assembly's Commission on Human Rights.

ANTV broadcasts legislative information from the National Assembly.

IPYS requests that those responsible be sanctioned and that the motive for the assault be determined.

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