QUEBEC CITY: Photographer Louise Bilodeau was arrested Saturday, while documenting the actions of protesters and police at the Summit of the Americas. On the same day, another photographer, Caroline Hayeur was hit by a rubber bullet. Both are associated with Agence Stock/KLIX.
Just before one was arrested and the other shot, Hayeur took Bilodeau's photograph. In it, the former wears a gas mask. She holds up her big yellow press passes. But apparently they weren't enough: she was imprisoned in Orsainville overnight. Bilodeau was released early this morning as a result of media attention from Le Soleil and L'actualitÃ©, among others.
Photographer Caroline Hayeur was hit by a rubber bullet just after the first wave of rioting broke out on Friday afternoon.
"I was photographing a rioter running out of the tear gas smoke. It was about 5:30. The light was beautiful, shining on my press tags. They shot right at my heart." She suspects that the shot was fired despite her media tags. Hayeur has filed a complaint with the Federation of Journalists against the police.
Several journalists that their role as media representatives did not protect them. The alternative media headquarters was gassed and had windows smashed by the police. According to Le Soleil, no less than four journalists were arrested this weekend altogether. One was from Mexico.
With files from Dolores Gubasta, Agence Stock/KLIX.
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