Denis Krivosheev: "The Russian authorities once again refused to authorise protest rallies, and then used this ban to crackdown on those gathered in Moscow and elsewhere"

posted 14 May 2018, 06:28 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 May 2018, 06:34 ]
“The forceful dispersal of today’s opposition demonstrations is outrageous. The Russian authorities once again refused to authorise protest rallies, and then used this ban to crackdown on those gathered in Moscow and elsewhere. But what is worse is the total police inaction, which allowed the beating of protesters by unknown men in Moscow. On what grounds people in 'Cossack' uniforms were allowed to use force remains a question. Authorities should immediately release all peaceful protesters arrested and launch an independent, thorough and effective investigation of the use of force by police, and attacks on the protesters by the 'Cossacks' with the inaction of the police.”

Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia [photo: Twitter @KrivoshD]

From a statement issued by Amnesty International following the forceful dispersal of peaceful opposition rallies in Moscow and all over Russia on 5 May 2018. The statement by Amnesty International continues: 

"Delegates from Amnesty International attended the protests as observers in Moscow and became direct witnesses to the use of unprovoked force by unknown men in ‘’Cossack’’ uniforms against peaceful protesters. Amnesty International notes that although there were a number of clashes between protesters and law enforcement officers, overall protests in Moscow were peaceful and the use of force against its participants was disproportionate. According to media reports, at least one of the protesters was seriously injured in the head after being beaten by police. In addition, Amnesty International draws attention to the fact that minors were arbitrarily detained during the protest."

Source: 'Russia: Outrageous use of force against protesters in Moscow and all over the country,' Amnesty International, 5 May 2018
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