Russian TV crew attacked by police in Portland on Wednesday night while covering protests

Russian TV crew attacked by police in Portland on Wednesday night while covering protests
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  • calendar-gray 22 July 2020

Russian TV crew was attacked and beaten by US police officers in Portland on Wednesday night, while covering protests there, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The journalists were filming an attempt by protesters to besiege a court building where federal law enforcers, deployed to the city despite objections by the local authorities, are located.

According to the Sputnik correspondent, the US police hit Russian cameraman Viacheslav Arkhipov with a baton on his arm, took away his camera and smashed it. Arkhipov, filming protesters' attempt to set the entrance to the courthouse on fire at the moment of the attack, was thrown to the ground.

Yulia Olkhovskaya, filming the same scene on her mobile phone, was attacked by a policeman from the back. The police officer seized the smart phone, grabbed the woman by the head and took off her helmet. Olkhovskaya fell to the ground, she kept shouting she was a representative of the press. The woman has scratches from falling to the ground.

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