Romania: Police Indiscriminate Violence against Anti-government Protests

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Protests against corruption turned violent on 10 August in Bucharest as the Gendarmerie evicted the peaceful demonstrators with the use of force. 440 people, out of whom 24 gendarmes, received medical attention on site. 65 people, out of which 9 gendarmes, had to be taken to the hospital. The violence was unprecedented and indiscriminately used on innocuous people or even “people holding their hands up” as emerges on footage made public.  Civil society organisations Apador and ActiveWatch reported that the violence was unmotivated and targeting all the people taking part in the rally. In a press release, they “urge the Romanian Gendarmerie to proceed immediately and: give public access to all the documents related to its reaction to 10 August events;  give public access to all the orders received during the events and set up an effective investigation in order to identify and sanction all the individuals who are guilty of violent acts and other crimes under the law. To follow the further developments in Romania you can follow the Civil Society Watch.

Source: Civil Society Watch

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