The president of Unión Nacional de Taxistas (UTC), Rubén Vargas, recorded a video that was shared on social networks. It shows a man mocking the assaulted policeman who lost five teeth during the protest on Tuesday. This was accepted by Vargas who even confirmed the person in the video is Alexander Barboza Mora, his stepson.
Vargas’s relative decided to erase the images shortly after its publication in his Facebook (FB) profile, which was also published in the UTC FB profile.
In the video Rubén Vargas asks “what are you looking for?” And the other person observing the ground answered “I´m looking for the policeman’s teeth!” while laughing.
Yes it is true, I even told him not to remove the video, and to add the phrase: This is a policeman who brutally assaulted a taxi driver. He deleted it because he doesn´t want to get in trouble, but I would not have deleted it,”
The representative of the union said that the intention was to make a joke and insisted that the taxi drivers were attacked and not the other way around.
According to him (the policeman), he was hit with a nightstick, but that’s not true, he was punch in the mouth because he threw one of the driver’s cell phone away. The thing is that he was hit by a man, that’s all,
Vargas argues that the incident wasn´t an attack by a taxi driver, but an act of self-defense.
The authorities are the ones who are inciting violence, Luis Guillermo Solís, sending those policemen to attack a demonstration, they put the bikes across to block the passage and to provoke an infringement,”
Vargas dared to accuse the media of being bought by Uber, affirming that most media directors receive “a suitcase full of dollars every month”.