a gripping clip from portland last night

Russian journalists attacked while covering Portland protests
RT.com, Jul 22 2020

A Russian TV crew covering ongoing protests in Portland, Oregon has apparently been assaulted by law enforcement officers cracking down on the demonstrators.
Two Russian journalists were hurt while reporting from the scene of an intense confrontation in front of the federal court in Portland, according to a Sputnik correspondent covering the same events. Vyacheslav Arkhipov, a cameraman with a Russian Channel One, was hit with a baton and thrown to the ground. His camera was smashed by an officer. His colleague, Yulia Olkhovskaya, was targeted while filming the protest with her phone. An officer took the device and the helmet she was wearing and pushed her to the ground, the reporter said. A senior official from Channel One said the two were not seriously hurt in the incident, but the damage to their equipment appeared significant. Speaking after the incident, Olkhovskaya said her cameraman fared worse than she did. She said in an interview:

One hit him in the right arm with a baton with all his strength while another one grabbed his camera and smashed it on the ground.

According to her account, the officers emerged from the courthouse and were wearing khaki gear, indicating that they were federal rather than Portland police. Both journalists were wearing their press credentials at the time they were targeted. Earlier in the night the crew was caught in a cloud of tear gas, which the officers used against the protesters. Olkhovskaya also said that law enforcement “were unlikely not to see” their press cards. Protests in front of the federal court in Portland have been happening nightly for over two months, escalating into riots on numerous occasions. The city saw a surge of violence recently after the Trump administration deployed additional federal law enforcement officers to deal with the activists. The incident prompted the Russian embassy in Faschingstein to file a note of protest to the State Dept. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov denounced the attack on the TV crew as “outrageous” and called for a “thorough investigation” into the incident. He also noted that the Pindo diplomats still provided no answer to the embassy’s previous note filed over a similar attack on Russian journalists by the police in Minneapolis in May. The Russian journalists got hurt while filming an attempt by protesters to set the entrance to the courthouse on fire.

Kremlin excoriates Pindo police for attack on Russian journalists, demands Faschingstein allow media to work safely
RT.com, Jul 23 2020

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Moscow expects the US to take exhaustive measures to ensure the personal security of Russian journalists working in Pindostan. The call comes after reporters from Russia’s leading TV channel were beaten by American cops. Employees of Channel One Russia were injured in the attack by “camouflaged men” in Portland. Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said, according to TASS:

We view as outrageous the attack on Russian journalists by police of Pindostan. We expect the Pindo authorities to take exhaustive measures in order to ensure the personal security of Russian journalists and to create proper conditions for unrestricted work of the media in general.

Channel One is by some distance Russia’s most popular TV channel. Apart from news and popular talk shows, it also produces commercially successful films like ‘Night Watch’ (2004) and ‘The Irony of Fate 2’ (2007).

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