Football fans beaten by police in Sluck

2015 2015-11-24T13:07:34+0300 2015-11-24T13:07:34+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Riot police during a match in Sluck on November 21

Riot police during a match in Sluck on November 21

Some 50 football fans were detained and beaten by riot police after a match between FC Sluck and FC Homieĺ at the Sluck City Stadium on November 21, said.

The fans were detained after the match, during which a few strobes and firecrackers were lit in the away sector. As a result, about 50 people were put in police buses and brought to the city police department.

Both on their way to and at the police department, the fans were beaten, threatened and insulted by riot policemen.

The policemen also took their mobile phones and deleted some photos that they said were inappropriate. After a few hours of detention, the fans were released without charges.

Meanwhile, first deputy chairman of Belarus Football Federation Siarhei Safaryian has recently said on the TV channel Belarus 5 that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has “fundamentally changed its approach” to communicating with football fans. “The Ministry of Internal Affairs is now on our side,” said the official.

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