CASE #441
01 / 11 / 2020 – 11 / 11 / 2020
  • Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus (regular police of Belarus)
  • Plain clothed police officers
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Nonviolent action
  • Threats (Intimidation of population)
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Right to freedom of movement
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to freedom of the press
  • Right to liberty and security of person

Time: daytime

Place/Location: praspiekt Niezaliežnasci

Identity of the victim(s): Dzmitriy Dzmitriev, a photographer of Novy Chas; unknown protesters

Identity of the perpetrator(s): officers from different agencies; plainclothes police officers

The author of the pictures (Dzmitriy Dzmitriev, a photographer of Novy Chas) was detained on 1 November 2020 and was released only on 11 November 2020. 

Pictures, made by Dzmitriy the March against terror show crowds of peaceful protesters with flags marching on praspiekt Niezaliežnasci. umerous police officers and security agents in different uniforms were there. Some of the police officers were in plain clothes although they wore protective gear and batons. Some of the agents were armed with firearms: shotguns and even long-barreled weapons that looked like a version of AK-74 or other models. There were armed officers, in a visibly relaxed position, standing in a row and pointing guns into the protesters' direction. The demonstrators did not represent any danger  and the goal of the police officers was to scare and disperse the crowd by the threat of a firearm. Some of the officers were armed with a short handgun which looked like PB-4 "Osa".

Many officers in various uniforms hold video and action cameras pointing towards peaceful protesters.

One of the pictures captures the officer detaining the protester.

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