Guatemalan photojournalist injured during student protest recovering after surgery

A Guatemalan photographer that was seriously injured during a confrontation between police officers and student protesters is healing well, reported the Center for Informative Reports of Guatemala (Cerigua in Spanish).

Photographer Luis Soto, of the newspaper elPeriódico, underwent surgery on Tuesday, July 3, after receiving blows to the head, which caused a head fracture, according to Cerigua.

Another two journalists were also injured at the same protest on June 26, reported Prensa Libre. Those who were attacked are Estuardo Paredes, photographer for the newspaper Prensa Libre, and Jorge Cente, from the newspaper Nuestro Diario.

Since May, university students in Guatemala have been protesting changes to the curriculum and in many cases the protests have provoked riots. During the beginning of June, a TV reporter was beaten while the police tried to clear students that were blocking a main avenue in Guatemala City.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.