LGBT activist was beaten until he said he had no claims to policemen

Submitted by Viachaslau Bortnik, Volunteers without Borders

Vyasna human rights centre tells details of preventive arrests in Minsk on 15 June 2011.

At the pedestrian area near the Palace of Trade Unions in Minsk at about 7.40 p.m. three citizens were detained: Syarhei Androsenka, the chairman of the Human Rights project “GayBelarus”, and two more persons whose names are unknown. The arrests were held while a group of riot policemen started to push the crown away from the spot near the Palace of Trade Unions to wards Victory Square. Force was used against one of the young people by men in mufti. His arms and legs were gripped, and he was dragged on the ground. One of the young men before the arrest was making pictures of the line of riot policemen by his mobile phone, and a man in mufti ran up to him and dragged him to a paddy wagon. Androsenka was also detained by men in mufti.

At 10.15 p.m. Androsenka was released from the police department of Leninski district without a report being drawn up. As said by him, in the police bus he was beaten by riot policemen. After he was taken to the police department, he was taken into a separate room, asked about what had caused the signs of blows on his face. After he said he had been beaten by riot policemen, policemen started to beat the young man too, and continued until he agreed to say that no one had beaten him and he had no claims to force structures representatives.

According to “Nasha Niva”, 18 more detainees were taken to the police department of Tsentralny district of Minsk.

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