Published On: Tue, Dec 30th, 2014

Attack on Venezuela newspaper brings condemnation

IAPA

MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Monday expressed outrage at a hand-grenade attack on a newspaper in Venezuela and called on the authorities of that country to act urgently to identify those responsible for this act of violence and bring them to justice.

In Venezuela two fragmentation grenades were hurled at the building of the newspaper El Siglo in the city of Maracay, Aragua state. The attack, which occurred early Sunday morning, resulted in no injuries but caused damage to the security booth and three vehicles struck by the shock wave, the newspaper reported on its website.

Two assailants, captured on video by the security cameras, hurled two explosive devices at the newspaper’s building, only one of which exploded. The reason
for the attack was not immediately known and no group has claimed responsibility for it.

IAPA president Gustavo Mohme expressed his repudiation of the act of intimidation against El Siglo. Mohme, editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República, urged the Venezuelan authorities “to urgently investigate so as to determine who was responsible and apply the full force of the law on them.”

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