CASE #262
23 / 09 / 2020
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Beating
  • Blows with batons and/or truncheons
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Deprivation of medical attention
  • Slapping, kicking or punching
  • Use of excessive force
  • Use of water cannons
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Right to Life

Time: daytime / nighttime

Place/Location: Close to Hero City Stella

Identity of the victim(s): unknown protesters

Identity of the perpetrator(s): unknown policemen

A line of protesters on the road started to get restless when a large number of police officers, holding batons, arrived in front of them. Some people left the line of protesters, but others remained, huddling together and holding hands. Many people started running and screaming as the police were getting violent, running at the protesters. People were screaming. On the 23rd second, on the right side of the video, two policemen tried to catch a demonstrator against his will, this last one managed to run away from them.

- From second 28, a person was lying on the road, seemingly injured because she couldn't stand up. In front of her, dozens of policemen formed a line and held riot shields, not caring about her health.

- From the second 36, still at the same place, a water truck arrived.

- From second 42, a group of people ran to the side of the road where six policemen were forcibly taking away a person who was struggling to escape. A minibus arrived on the scene to take away these demonstrators. However as this last one struggled, one of the policemen intentionally hit him in the middle of the stomach.

- From minute 1.35, about a hundred policemen faced a minor number of demonstrators who were on this segment of road. At the time of recording, two policemen struck a demonstrator on the ground in a violent way. At the same time, just behind him, a demonstrator was also tackled to the ground, with a policeman putting his knee on his back. However, the attention of many policemen seemed to be focused on these two demonstrators. Many policemen rushed towards the spot where protesters were screaming. . About ten policemen violently attacked a man, lifting him up, making him fall to the ground while a woman, just next to this man, was sitting on the ground, appearing to be in terror. At the same time, on the left side of the video, police officers were forcibly taking away other demonstrators as well.

This part of the video can be completed by a 2nd video. In a few minutes, many policemen decided to continue their way while others remained next to the victim's lamp body on the ground. Faced with the situation, an individual in a white coat (assumed to be a doctor or health professional) approached the individual on the ground surrounded by police officers. However, he was violently pushed back by the policemen, notably with the help of a baton. At the back of the video, many police officers equipped with riot shields were present.

- Again, from minute 2.38 onward, water cannons were used against the demonstrators.

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