OMON officers beat journalist in Minsk

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The riot policemen in Minsk beat the journalist and the driver of the Belarusian “Komsomolskaya Pravda” newspaper with truncheons, reports the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Andrei Levkovsky.

It is noted that the security forces took action, despite the fact that the journalist was wearing a “Press” vest, introduced himself and showed his accreditation. According to the editor-in-chief, his colleagues covered the opposition rally in the Serebryanka area on the outskirts of Minsk. Levkovsky clarified that the driver brought a correspondent, a photographer and an operator to the place, at the same time riot police arrived, “went to them and the protesters”. The photographer and cameraman escaped, and correspondent Gennady Mozheiko tried to hide in the editorial car, the journalist says.

The riot police asked the reporter to leave, and when he got out, they demanded to open the trunk, after which they hit him on the legs with a truncheon several times. “They say, we are running around the city after you and the protesters, you don’t give us life,” Levkovsky added.

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