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CASE #208
Date
01 / 09 / 2020
City
┼Żodzina / Zhodino
Perpetrators
  • Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus (regular police of Belarus)
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Threats (Intimidation of population)
International classification of violations
  • Right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • Right to liberty and security of person
Description

Time: daytime

Place/Location: prospect Mira 15, City Park

Identity of the victim(s): civilians - families with children

Identity of the perpetrator(s): OMON and policemen

The victims were civilians and families with children in a park. Two people covered their shoulders with a white-red flag, namely a mother with a kid in her arms and a young man. Several civilians were present in the park with their children and the atmosphere was quiet. It was not a demonstration.

It was at this moment that a dozen OMON servicemen arrived and took these young men into custody, for the sole reason that it was covered with the white and red flag, a symbol of resistance to Lukashenko. Four policemen stood nearby and didn't intervene. The few civilians present on the scene tried to oppose this arrest without legal grounds but the OMON agents who remained on the spot surrounded them. There was outrage. Women insisted that the agents leave the place because they scared the children. While leaving, they threatened the women saying "don't provoke us!"

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