San Francisco’s effort to clean up its tattered image suffers a blow after a Czech news crew is robbed of camera equipment during APEC Summit

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By William of England 2 Min Read

A Czech journalist and his camera crew had been robbed at gunpoint Sunday night by three armed assailants, in accordance to a assertion from the San Francisco police. The incident occurred within the North Beach neighborhood, about two miles from the town’s downtown, the place world leaders are assembly for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. 

“The suspects demanded their production equipment and the victims complied,” the police stated. “The suspects then entered their vehicle and fled from the scene.” 

North Beach is a busy vacationer space recognized for its Italian eating places and City Lights, a landmark bookstore made well-known by beatnik poets resembling Allen Ginsberg. The San Francisco Chronicle, which earlier reported the theft, stated Czech TV journalist Bohumil Vostal was filming the bookshop at nightfall to seize the town’s magnificence. 

The camera equipment was valued at $18,000 and San Francisco Mayor London Breed has promised the town will assist substitute it, in accordance to the newspaper. 

The incident occurred as San Francisco hosts legions of worldwide delegates, world leaders and journalists for the APEC occasion. While most of the eye is targeted on a deliberate meeting between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping of China, San Francisco is hoping to use its second on the world stage to encourage tourism and pitch itself as a thriving hub of innovation. 

Municipal staff have been been power-washing sidewalks, shifting homeless individuals, and sprucing up buildings in its downtown core, all in hopes that guests will see a optimistic aspect of the town. 

San Francisco has notoriously high property crime charges, and native tv crews have been recognized to journey with armed guards. However, murder charges are under these of cities resembling Austin, Miami and Washington, DC, in accordance to federal and native knowledge.

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