CASE #417
20 / 06 / 2020
Hantsavichy / Hantsevichi
  • Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus (regular police of Belarus)
  • Plain clothed police officers
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 freedom of the press
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Right to vote, to participate in free and periodic elections and in public affairs

Time: daytime

Place/Location: a square near the shopping centre "Дом Гандлю" at the intersection of Chaykovskogo & Gagarina str.

Identity of the victim(s): young man; unidentified civilians (one woman and three men)

Identity of the perpetrator(s): Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus (regular police of Belarus). Car ID 2340 with license plate 'БН-0383';

This video demonstrates the brutal detention of a civilian in Hantsevichi on 20 June 2020. A young man was brutally detained by four policemen. As he resisted, the policemen pulled him by his arms and back until he fell to the ground. Other men tried to help him without success.

A caption of the video indicates that the victim was apprehended during a solidarity march with political prisoners.

Police detained three civilians. One of them was thrown on the ground. While several policemen were twisting the victims' arms, a traffic police officer put his knee on the victim's head. The police actively prevented journalists from taking video of the event. Eventually, they detained one of them by throwing him on the ground with his head down. People shamed police for their violent actions.

The full video of the violent events in Hantsevichi:

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