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Union Leader Defies FBI in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) - Puerto Rican Association of Journalists President Oscar Serrano challenged US FBI Chief Luis Fraticelli to produce incriminating evidence against reporters who allegedly violated the law.

Serrano asked the FBI to tell the public how Puerto Rican reporters violated the law during a recent operation against people who supported the national independence.

He accused Fraticelli of lying and concealing human right violations as he justified the FBI operatives´ aggression on nearly ten reporters who were covering the police action.

Recently, federal agents raided the house of sociologist and union member Liliana Laboy, in the central area of Rio Piedras.

Fraticelli should not say he possesses evidence on the journalists´ violation of the law. He has to produce them before authorities to arrest the people responsible and take them to court, Serrano pointed out.

He asserted the Puerto Rican journalists attacked the FBI agents, who responded to the aggression.

The president of the association challenged the FBI chief in Puerto Rico to provide journalists with the videos he allegedly possesses on the journalists´ aggression on his agents, so that the associatio n considers itself legally discredited."

Serrano sent a letter to Fraticelli on Tuesday. So far he has received no response.

The Latin American Federation of Journalists (FELAP) expressed its solidarity with the Puerto Rican colleagues.

According to the FELAP, that situation adds to the numerous human right violations that mark the expansionist, aggressive and arrogant US policy.


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