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Medina’s security unleash slugfest on reporters

Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina’s inaugural ride of the 2nd Metro Line on Thursday ended when his bodyguards pushed, punched and roughed up several reporters covering what was supposed to be a happy event.

It’s the latest in a serious of violent actions by Medina’s security against journalists, who are often penned like animals and forcibly kept from moving about the site of public activities.

The melee started when the Presidency’s protocol told journalists to wait in the sun for the train with Medina aboard outside the station in Santo Domingo Este.

The members of the press complained to no avail.

When Medina arrived at 10:08 am together with other officials he told the journalists the train ride was “excellent, safe and reliable.”

But the bodyguards again tried to block the reporters from asking more questions, as one of the agents held the journalist Diana Rodriguez and violently pressed his fists to her stomach while purporting to help her by preventing her from falling to the floor. “Miss, careful you might fall,” he said while strongly pressing against stomach.

“It was at that moment that she shouted: let me go!

Abuse continues

When Medina was about to leave the station, NCDN Channel 37 photojournalist Candido Mendez was elbowed in the eye while trying to take pictures of the event. His camera also was damaged.

One of the bodyguards also punched El Caribe photographer Peter Bazil several times.

Source: DT

May 5, 2016

Category: DR News |

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