Source: Amnesty International –
In response to the latest police violence in Belarus and the arrest of hundreds of people in peaceful protests on 25 October and at the start of today’s national strike, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Acting Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia said:
“In response to the Lukashenka government’s crackdown on peaceful protests, opposition leaders called for a national strike beginning today. We see with shock and dismay how this regime, which has unleashed weeks of unspeakable violence against protesters in streets and prisons, today sent masked riot police to beat and arrest striking workers at their workplaces. A frank disregard is being shown for the most basic of human rights, and the right to strike is now one more that is being mercilessly crushed with police boots and batons.
“Only last night, stun grenades and rubber bullets were fired directly into a peaceful crowd at short range. Protesters running away were chased, shot at and beaten. There is disturbing footage of riot police storming into a private apartment and beating those inside it. Law enforcement officers have completely abandoned their oath to protect fellow citizens and have been given free rein to use indiscriminate violence and mass arbitrary arrests against them.
Law enforcement officers have completely abandoned their oath to protect fellow citizens and have been given free rein to use indiscriminate violence and mass arbitrary arrests against them