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Photographer wounded during swearing in of new mayor

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 9 December 2008, photographer Hugo Angulo, who works for the Municipal Chamber of Libertador, in the State of Mérida, was hit in the chest with a stone during a confrontation between supporters of the outgoing mayor, Carlos León, of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV), and supporters of the new mayor, Lester Rodríguez, who was elected on 23 November. The incident took place as Rodríguez was being sworn in.

Angulo was attempting to protect his equipment during the commotion when he was hit with the stone, which left him unconscious. Angulo was helped by firemen from the University of Los Andes and taken to a hospital. According to witnesses, the stone that hit him was thrown by a protester who was wearing a hood.

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