Nils Melzer, the United Nation’s particular rapporteur on torture, has issued a request for info after a video displaying a German police officer throwing an aged lady to the ground throughout a protest went viral on-line.
The footage, allegedly recorded throughout the anti-Covid-19 lockdown protests in Berlin on Sunday, confirmed the girl making an attempt to stroll previous an officer earlier than he grabbed onto her neck with each arms and threw her forcefully to the bottom.
Fellow protesters may very well be seen within the video admonishing the officer and making an attempt to assist the injured lady, as a number of officers continued to push others within the space with much less power.
Melzer – who can also be the human rights chair on the Geneva Academy in Switzerland – confirmed on Sunday that the video had been delivered to his consideration. He has requested each witness statements and particulars on whether or not “an official investigation has been launched.”
This has simply been delivered to my consideration. Can anybody present my workplace with the specifics / witness statements of this incident and whether or not an official investigation has been launched?Ship to: email@example.com(please not by way of Twitter-reply/DM)Thanks! https://t.co/ly00UlPDMw
— Nils Melzer (@NilsMelzer) August 1, 2021
It was not the one violent encounter between aged ladies and the Berlin police, as one other clip confirmed a distinct officer pushing one lady to the bottom, with one other already on the ground having seemingly been pushed over.
The anti-lockdown protests in Berlin turned chaotic after police tried to forcefully shut the demonstrations down. Round 5,000 Germans took half within the protests on Sunday, and round 600 have been arrested.
Movies confirmed different cases of police violence, together with officers kicking protesters, shoving folks, pushing their faces, pepper spraying, and even grabbing onto and detaining a person for enjoying the trumpet.
One video confirmed an officer punching a teenage boy within the face whereas he was on the bottom, and a 49-year-old protester collapsed and died throughout an id test.
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