MIAMI – Colombian authorities said on Friday that agents of the Venezuelan National Guard roughed up a reporter who was working outside of the Supreme Court in Caracas in what they have described as an “aggression” against journalists covering the political crisis.
After the incident involving Elyangelica Gonzalez, a Venezuelan who reports for Colombia’s Caracol Radio and Univision Network, Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin expressed “concern and rejection at this attack on the free exercise of freedom of expression.”
The reporter was covering students who were protesting the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s decision to strip congress of power. While Gonzalez was reporting live on a student protest on Thursday, she said that about 10 men pushed and kicked her. They restrained her and confiscated two phones.
“You’re detained! Shut up! Sit down,” she said a man shouted. “I’m holding you because I feel like it.”
Under a torrent of international condemnation over the Supreme Court’s decision, a short video of the reporter’s attack was shared worldwide on social media.
The video shows the men surrounding Gonzalez, while she is on the ground and then dragged across the concrete and through a gate. Gonzalez said she was terrified and all she could think about was were her children.
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