Serbian Protests: Police Brutality Mapped | Balkan Insight

BIRN has mapped numerous incidents of police brutality during protests on Tuesday and Wednesday in Serbia. Journalists and women were not spared.

Police clash with protesters outside the Serbian Parliament building in Belgrade, Serbia, 07 July 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC
BIRN has mapped numerous incidents of police brutality during protests on Tuesday and Wednesday in Serbia. Journalists and women were not spared.

They include incidents of police violence against civilians, men and women, posing no apparent threat, as well as against journalists.

The material reviewed by BIRN shows that most incidents of police brutality on Tuesday and Wednesday occurred far from the entrance to the parliament, as police chased down protesters following clashes that broke out when protesters tried to storm the assembly.

The authorities deployed teargas and mounted police to disperse the protesters, some of whom lobbed rocks and petrol bombs at the Gendarmerie units securing the parliament.

Members of the Gendarmerie beat people on Terazije, some 800 meters from the parliament where there was no organised protest, only protesters running from police. On the other side of the assembly, police dispersed protesters towards Tasmajdan park, firing teargas. Video and photos show police chasing and beating people all the way to the Faculty of Law and beyond, up to some two kilometres from the parliament itself.

The footage shows that police did not only target those involved in direct clashes but others too who showed no sign of using violence.

Source: Serbian Protests: Police Brutality Mapped | Balkan Insight


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