“How can you enjoy your rallies now?”
It had been two days following Alexander Lukashenko who was announced to have won Belarus’s presidential elections with 80 percent of their vote. Hordes of resistance poured on the streets to protest against the outcome. The police and military reacted with brutal violence.
Igor was among those arrested on this Tuesday night and taken to the infamous Okrestina prison.
Euronews is hiding the 30-year-old’s authentic identity because he fears retaliation from the police for telling his own story.
He recounted the way the captive was lying nearly motionless on the floor of their lawn, bleeding heavily in the face. A prison doctor examining him announced he wouldn’t survive if he wasn’t taken to hospital promptly.
“He could creep there,” that an OMON officer reacted. The guy was left where he had been other offenders were forced to walk him over.
Igor says he had been detained that Tuesday night after he had been walking about Minsk together with his girlfriend.
He clarified the way the OMON police bus stopped beside an officer dressed in riot equipment pointed at him with a shotgun, forcing Igor into his knees.
When he insisted that he had been on a walk rather than protesting, 1 officer struck him. His girlfriend was advised to move away.
“They stated that if you move, we’ll take off your heels,” Igor told Euronews at Minsk following his release.
“They tied me up and hauled me to the bus. When I or others proceeded, we have beaten with sticks”
Electrocuted involving the shoulders
“When someone dropped into the floor, they’d conquer them harder and harder till they’d wind up again,” Igor said.
“It was dreadful. They’d hit him anywhere. On his thighs, his mind, and his spine, while we had been made to keep on walking .”
Inside, some inmates were stripped bare and electrocuted between their shoulder blades while still facing the wall. Others, such as Igor, maintained their garments but had presently applied to their legs, in which they lost all sense.
For anybody using video footage of their protests, the punishment was immediate: they had been pulled from your space, their shouts fading since they were hauled further away.
“They advised us that people can die here, we could be disabled for life,” Igor recounted.
He couldn’t understand why he had been there but was too scared to ask since the OMON officers could just respond to more beatings.
“’This is the fcking liberty, here are the fcking modifications,’ is all they’d say. They told us we can die here, which we can be disabled for life.”
Testimonies such as Igor’s aren’t uncommon in Belarus, in which tales of overcrowded cells, torture, and restricted hygiene and food have circulated extensively since many offenders were published after last week.
1 hospital physician, Dina, hailed the harms she’d observed in intensive care because of the night of the election.
“A number of these had lacerations, probably from rubber bullets,” she advised Euronews.
“One has a significant eye injury, and you have an amputated foot. 1 man was diabetic, and his insulin pump has been removed from him.
“Everybody tells the same [narrative ]. Generally, the film is terrible, there’s too much moral and physical abuse.
“We’ve got a young guy with a ruptured anus, but I haven’t had the guts to speak to him.”
Torture’ sanctioned at maximal degree’
Amnesty International stated last week the prosperity of torture reports throughout the nation made it”highly likely that the strategy was sanctioned at the maximum level”.
Over 1,500 people were detained on a Tuesday night Igor was arrested.
Among the fellow inmates was wearing the slippers he had been sporting when officers picked him up. Another was dragged from a gas station bathroom.
1 guy was beaten in front of everybody since he gasped at a corner of their lawn.
They were eventually permitted to use a bathroom, where they can drink water from the faucet.
Igor started his lawn received better treatment as they weren’t believed protesters: “We could hear cries from additional prison yards. It was so arbitrary. It had been such distinct men and women that were arrested.”
Volunteers in a camp beyond Okrestina prison — that features food, water, and medical assistance to newly-released offenders — informed Euronews they heard the yelling.
Igor premiered on Sunday, four complete days after his arrest. He said that he had been contested by members of the KGB spy service and made to sign a record vowing to not protest. He insists that he hadn’t been demonstrating and has been arrested.
The variety of individuals still held in Belarus’s prisons isn’t known. There also have been numerous reports of missing individuals, but no official figures. Igor has heard that the amount is 81.
“Many of those 81 missings are probably dead,” Igor said.
So, I am certain that not all left it”