Telemadrid viewers were able to see live a moment of high tension on the morning of Thursday, May 25. José Antonio Masegosa connected with Buenos dias, Madrid from Cullera street, in the La Latina district of the capital, to report on drug trafficking. Neighbors had denounced drug trafficking in the area.
The reporter and his team suffered an assault attempt. An individual, covering his face with a hood, approached them and demanded several times: "Take the camera away." The journalist was not intimidated and stood up to him, preventing him from approaching his partner: "Calm down. Be careful, let's see if we are going to have to call the police. This neighborhood is not yours, okay? We are not going to use the camera remove".
"One thing must be clear to you. One, this neighborhood is not yours. Two, we are here because we are free citizens and we will be here whatever we want," Masegosa released. The man commented: "There are small children here and you are not going to record." He replied: "The children are in school and I doubt very much that you are defending the small children." The hooded individual threatened them and walked away. "Are you going to puncture the wheels of the car? Don't even think about it," said the professional going behind him.
Laura Gómez, host of Good morning, Madrid, intervened from the set when she saw that the situation was becoming more and more tense: "Let him go." José Antonio Masegosa replied: "No, no, Laura... It's the one in red who has come because the law of silence reigns here. The neighbors are fed up with all kinds of drugs being sold here, including heroin, and that this is a movement of drug addicts, who often come and end up stealing because they need money to buy their dose".
The reporter explained: "These 'machacas' or 'machaquillas' are in charge of imposing this law of silence. They consider, like alpha males, that this territory is theirs." The connection continued and the presenter warned: "Be careful, he is picking up a stone." The individual went back to the Telemadrid team with an object in his hand.
The journalist commented: "Well, nothing, I hope the police come now. If we don't want to have any kind of problem either." The cameraman and he moved away: "Be careful." The assailant threw a piece of wood at them and walked away again. "It can't be that these people become owners of the street," said Masegosa.
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