Puerto Rico: Journalists' associations condemn police violence against reporters covering demonstration

"The Puerto Rico Journalists Association (Asppro, by its Spanish acronym), the Overseas Press Club (OPC), the Puerto Rico Photojournalists Association (AFPR) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) condemned this morning the aggression and excessive use of force by officers of the Police Strike Force against journalists and photojournalists during the mobilization of uniformed officers against demonstrators protesting against LUMA Energy last night [Aug. 25] on Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

[…] An officer pepper-sprayed photojournalist Juan Costa, who works for the Noticel news outlet, and other journalists who were on the edge between demonstrators and police, reporting the incidents on live broadcasts. Subsequently, during a mobilization - which involved the use of rubber bullets and smoke grenades - several officers threw Costa to the ground and assaulted him, despite the fact that the journalist claimed to have his ID and accreditation visible."

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