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Police attack journalists covering protests in Ecuador

Christian Fernsby |
Ecuadoran authorities should ensure that journalists can cover protests safely, and should hold police officers who assault journalists to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

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Yesterday, police officers pushed, kicked, and sprayed tear gas at a group of about 20 journalists in Quito, the capital, according to news reports and a report by local press freedom group Fundamedios.

The journalists were covering a protest against the government’s move to end fuel subsidies, which has sparked demonstrations throughout the country, according to news reports.

President Lenín Moreno yesterday ordered a nationwide state of emergency, empowering the military to keep order on the streets, after clashes between protesters and police, according to those reports.

The journalists were wearing clearly marked press vests at the time they were attacked, according to Fundamedios.

Following the attack, the Ecuadoran president’s office issued a statement on Twitter calling on protesters to demonstrate peacefully.

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