Police attack journalists during coverage of protests in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

"The [television] network Unitel reported last Sun. Jan. 1, that, for a second time since the outbreak of social unrest in Santa Cruz [Bolivia], one of its journalists teams was attacked by police officers. Two days earlier, the National Press Association (ANP, by its Spanish acronym) issued a statement in which it demanded that the government of Luis Arce Catacora instruct it to stop these attacks, of which workers of several news outlets were victims. The second attack against Unitel journalists took place during the first hours of the new year, in the area of Cristo Redentor, where confrontations took place until the early hours of Sunday morning.

'Joel Orellana, Unitel cameraman, and Miguel Angel Rivero, from transport services, were covering the conflict and after midnight a group of policemen beat them. Joel was knocked to the ground and beaten, while Miguel Ángel was hit on the head and his microphone was taken away, despite the fact that both were identified as press members and had press equipment,' the TV network said.


A day before, Orellana had already suffered a similar experience, when police officers shot him and his colleague Roger Ramos from motorcycles they were riding on the street."

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