CASE #280
08 / 09 / 2020
  • Plain clothed police officers
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to liberty and security of person

Time: daytime

Place/Location: vulica Viery Charuzaj 8

Identity of the victim(s): peaceful protesters

Identity of the perpetrator(s): identity unknown

Two videos captured brutal and arbitrary detentions conducted by the police in olive uniform without insignia and black hoods. In the first video, several officers detained 3 unarmed and peaceful persons, and took them towards minibuses. In the second video, several officers, some of whom in plain clothes, detained a few woman.

They grabbed the victims randomly. Some of the victims held symbols of the Belarusian freedom movement. People around, including elderly women, tried to help the victims out but the officers kept dragging the victims. Two plain police officers were staying nearby: one in a black mask and cap was recording the women and the other one in a grey suit and white shirt held a radio station.

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