Belarusian police marked their holiday day by torturing detainee

2014 2014-03-06T21:54:00+0300 2014-03-06T21:54:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Activist Dzmitry Paliyenka

Activist Dzmitry Paliyenka

Late in the evening of 4 March, the Day of Belarusian Police, activist of the National-Bolshevik movement Dzmitry Paliyenka, who had been repeatedly arrested on fabricated charges, was detained by a police patrol near a fresh graffiti “Down with Police State!”

He was taken to the Kastrychnitski DPD of Minsk. There the police started torturing him by twisting his arms in handcuffs (so-called “lastochka” (swallow)). They beat and insulted him with four-letter words, paying no attention to his requests to call an ambulance.

The activist had to tear his veins with his teeth to stop the battery. Having sign it, the police went mad and hit his head against the floor so hard that he lost his senses. The head of the police station, who came to see what was going on, called an ambulance. The medics were shocked at seeing the detainee, his clothes and the floor being covered in blood. Mr. Paliyenka was taken to hospital No. 4. The medics put the stitches and diagnosed him with a cranial trauma and numerous bruises.

An appeal to the prosecutor's office is prepared on this fact.