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Public Security Ministry files complaints against suspected Legislative Assembly rioters

Public Security Vice Minister Celso Gamboa on Thursday filed a formal complaint before the Judicial Investigation Police against 11 suspects for participating in the riots at the Legislative Assembly building on Tuesday. The riots took place as students protested the veto of a law that allows photocopying for academic purposes.

The complaint is for the crimes of: injuries to police officers, resisting arrest, damage to private property and damage against the building of the Legislative Assembly.

Police have identified one suspect who was arrested Tuesday but then was released on Wednesday on probationary measures.

Gamboa said he also has video evidence that will be used to help identify the suspects.

According to the complaint, eight police officers were injured mainly by stones threw by protesters.

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