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Canada COVID-19: Mexican media says Vancouver men accosted journalist on beach

04:55  09 april  2020
04:55  09 april  2020 Source:   vancouversun.com

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On Monday, Doraliz Terrón of Paralelo Informativo was confronted by the pair while filming a Facebook Live segment on vacationers ignoring stay-at-home orders to sunbathe at closed beaches.

“You can’t film us,” the first man said, swearing at the reporter and attempting to wrestle her phone away. “You need our permission and we don’t give you permission. Get out of here.”

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A second man joined the confrontation, asking, “How much are you going to pay us for this?” before swearing, shouting sexist slurs and making threatening gestures at Terrón.

Beaches in Mexico are public property, and permission is not needed to take footage of people in public spaces.

Furthermore, they’re closed, as local officials work to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Jalisco, where there have been 135 confirmed cases and seven deaths.

“I told him that it’s not okay because we have a pandemic,” Terrón told Postmedia. But the man insisted that she was the one who should go, and other witnesses at the beach restaurant serving the men sided against her too.

“They talked to me to tell me that I was wrong, because I’m trying to take them off of the beach,” she said.

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The incident left Terrón with bruises on her left arm and a swollen wrist, but initially, nothing was done. Police were reluctant to follow up with tourists, Terrón said.

Video of the ugly scene at Los Muertos beach has gone viral in Mexico, however, and both the American and Canadian ambassadors to the country have condemned the behaviour of the two men.

“Completely unacceptable,” said Graeme C. Clark, the Canadian ambassador-designate to Mexico, offering an apology if the pair are Canadian.

According to the region’s daily newspaper, they are. The Puerto Vallarta Daily News has reported that men shouting “we don’t want you here” at a local reporter on live television are from Vancouver. It gave their names, but Postmedia has not been able to independently verify them.

The incident also led to a crackdown at local beaches, as police have since been instructed to enforce the beach closures more aggressively. Puerto Vallarta Mayor Arturo Dávalos announced Wednesday that tourists refusing to comply may be fined or arrested.

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