Press photographers complain about National Guard attacks
Venezuelan National Guard seized the working materials of reporters Edsau Olivares, of daily newspaper El Universal, and Juan Camacho, of News Report, during a student protest in front of the Cuban embassy
The working materials of reporters Edsau Olivares, of daily newspaper El Universal, and Juan Camacho, of News Report, were seized. As they tried to protect their equipment, they were attacked by the troops deployed outside the diplomatic mission.
Oliver Fernández, a journalist with private TV channel Televen, was not at all luckier. For their part, a team of reporters with private TV news channel Globovisión was ordered to clear the way.
Early on Thursday, six students from several Venezuelan universities were detained as they tried to chain themselves to the gate of the Cuban embassy to Venezuela in protest against the information gap concerning the health status of President Hugo Chávez.
The Venezuelan leader has remained in Havana for 67 days without any public appearance, in recovery from a cancer surgery.
Detained students are José Vicente García, University of Táchira; Villca Fernández, Andes University; Daniel Coronel and Ulises Rojas, University of Carabobo; Vanessa Eisig, Andrés Bello Catholic University, and Alexander Tirado, Libertador Experimental Pedagogic University.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.