Mother of Beaten Teenager Demands to Punish Policemen
Larysa Barysievich, whose son was beaten by the riot squad policemen, applied to Minsk Leninski borough procurator’s office with the demand to bring a criminal case on the fact of the beating and to punish the policemen who abused their powers.
Larysa Dzienisievich said the following to HRC Viasna:
-- On 26 April 2005 my 14-year-old son Danila Barysievich and I stood at the crossing of Frantsysk Skaryna Avenue and Lenin Street. We watched the meeting without taking part in it. When we were about to leave the avenue, two riot squad policemen burst at my son. They twisted his arms so violently he screamed and pulled him to the nearest yard. I ran after them and saw them pull him into the bus. My son didn’t resist to them, but they used non-motivated physical force. Then the bus drove to Minsk Leninski borough police station. In 40 minutes I saw him there. One of his arms was very swollen and he complained the wrist hurt badly. The ambulance came only in 2 hours since the moment when the police injured the wrist. The preliminary diagnosis of the ambulance doctors was “fracture of the wrist joint”. They drove him to hospital #6. The X-ray of Danila’s hand in the traumatology department showed injury of the wrist ligaments.