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Gipsies in Belarus

mars 23rd, 2009

*Last news from Belarus:*
Police use violence during anti-Gypsy raid

* http://spring96.org/en/news/27114/*

On 5 January officers of Partyzanski district police department of Minsk
detained more than 80 representatives of Gypsy minority in the Suburb of
Stsiapianka and took fingerprints from them.

All of the detainees were videoed for the police archive. The detainees
accuse the police of self-will and lawlessness. One of them said that at
8.30 a.m. the police burst at the house where his family lived. ‘They did
not knock on the door. They ran, knocked everybody down and shouted: ‘Lie
down, bitches!’ We had to lie on the floor for almost 40 minutes almost
nude, as most of us were sleeping when it all started.

Then they started a search without showing any warrant. They did not even
tell they were from the police. They asked an elderly woman where she kept
her gold. Then they lined us up and led to their bus…’ told one of the
victims.

‘All our neighbors watched it… They took us to the police where there were
about 70-80 Gypsies already. They told they would take our fingerprints and
then would let us go. We returned home only at 4 p.m. They told us: ‘Have
you heard about the terroristic action?’ Now they are making terrorists out
of us,’ he added.

Some other people were detained outdoors. ‘While I was driving my car out of
the yard, three people in masks overlapped the way. They pulled me out,
threw me into the snow and started beating. I have a black eye, and they
fractured my leg,’ said another detainee.

‘We told the police we would complain against them. They answered that then
they would find some drugs at our place next time and would hold such raids
every month,’ he said

*Kalinin** Nicolas*

*Delegate in European Roma Travelers Forum*

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