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Policeman uses tear gas against AP photo reporter on duty

The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine blamed the use of brute force, demanding an independent investigation
10:47, 30 July 2018

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Yefrem Lukatsky, the photo reporter of Associated Press agency, suffered a tear gas attack during the protest against construction works in Kyiv's Osokorky district. This was mentioned in the official statement released by the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine on Sunday.

Lukatsky reported that the policeman used force against him and sent the Union the law enforcer's photo.

'It's tough to react in time when a guy in the uniform sprays the tear gas on you. And then, you actually go blind, which is never a good thing for the photographer. The uniform guy wears glasses', he wrote.

A paramedic who was present there at the time assisted Lukatsky; he had his eyes washed, and then a doctor examined him, along with the others who suffered the tear gas attack.

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The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine blamed the use of brute force, demanding an independent investigation. 

'Unfortunately, we spot another case of law enforcers' aggression against reporters. However, the journalist community has no information regarding the previous investigations. We understand every sort of trouble that the National Police faces while responding to disorders, but we also demand protection for reporters who live up to their professional duty', Serhiy Tomilenko, the head of the Union said, commenting on the issue.

The National Police have not yet commented on the incident.

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