CASE #422
27 / 09 / 2020
Homyel / Gomel
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Physical assaults (other)
  • Threats against the victim (death threats)
  • Use of excessive force
  • Use of pepper spray (close proximity)
  • Use of tear gas
International classification of violations
  • Right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Right to Life

Time: daytime

Place/Location: near 40, Savieckaja St, Gomel 246003, close to Amimebel (АмиМебель)

Identity of the victim(s): unknown protesters

Identity of the perpetrator(s): Special Purpose Police Unit OMON

In the first video, the video begins with the arrest of a person taken by force by two masked police officers to a police van. There were a total of four vans (two blue, one white) on the scene. A gunshot was also fired. In addition to the vans, there was also a large brown truck. Tear gas was also used.

In the second video, a group of protesters was walking ahead of the OMON policemen. One of the policemen sprayed either tear gas or pepper spray straight into the protesters face, eyes. Given that the streams were visibly strong, OMON applied the spray in such close proximity to intentionally bring harm to people. At the same time, there were salvos - one of the OMON agents shot from an automatic gun that seems to look like a modern version of an AK-74 into the air. The policeman continued to spray all the demonstrators close to him directly in their eyes. Again, an OMON officer fired four shots into the air. Possibly, the police tried to make the demonstrators move in a certain direction. Some of the demonstrators were dressed in white and red.

On the third video, another scene taken from another angle.

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