Here is a curious dispatch from my friend the Belarusian anarchist activist and blogger Mikola Dziadok, who, the last time I checked, was in hiding after police raided his and his girlfriend’s apartment and his mom’s apartment in search of Mikola, hoping to arrest him on trumped-up charges. // TRR
August 14, 2020
Here’s another morsel for those who enjoy shouting “The police are with the people!”
A Minsk resident told me this story.
A 17-year-old boy was detained the day before yesterday under the pretext of “What you doing here?” He was taken to a police station, where he was beaten in the assembly hall. Moreover, although it was regular cops who had brought him in, it was the OMON (riot police) who did the beating. Then they laid him face down on the floor, like so many other [detainees in recent days].
They telephoned his guardians. His guardian came to the police station, and they started beating the fuck out of him, too.
He asked what for.
They asked him why the fuck he had come.
He replied that they had telephoned him themselves and told him to come retrieve his kid.
They replied by asking him how old he was and what kid he was talking about. (The man has two kids of his own.)
After some time, the man and his ward were finally released. The man said that another man, around fifty years of age, was still in police custody when they left, and he had been jailed for the same reason: for coming to pick up his kid. And the same thing had happened to him.
Translated by the Russian Reader