At a protest in Germany on Sunday, a video clip of was taken where a policeman was seen throwing an elderly woman to the ground. The small thin woman did not appear to be a threat to them. A policeman in full riot gear grabbed the woman’s neck as she walked past them and pushed her with force to the ground.
The clip spurred an internal investigation into “suspected bodily harm” by the Berlin police and angered the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, who demanded more information on the indecent. There were also other videos of officers mistreating the protesters, including elderly ones, filmed at the demonstration in the German capital.
“I’m sure my colleagues acted in accordance with the law [during the Sunday’s protest],” Rainer Wendt, who heads the German Police Union, insisted.
The rally by the anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination movements, commonly referred to as ‘Lateral Thinkers’ in Germany, was “far from peaceful and violated public order from the start due to not being authorized,” he pointed out.
Wendt dismissed claims that the coronavirus sceptics were being treated hasher by the German officers than any other protesters. For the police, “there’s no difference if a protest is illegal or not… or who takes part in it.” The job of the officers remains the same and it’s “curbing violations,” the union’s head explained.
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