EU accused of ignoring ‘police brutality’ as Brussels bloc turns into ‘concentration camp’
Germany: Protesters clash with police in Berlin
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After a 49-year-old man died after being detained by police officers during a protest in Germany, one senior MEP suggested the bloc is starting to resemble a “concentration camp”. The incident happened as violent scuffles broke out between people and the police at a demonstration against the German government’s measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. It was said that around 600 people were detained as protestors defied orders to leave and tried to break through police lines.
In a video published on social media, one woman is shown to have been thrown to the ground by a police officer in riot gear.
Romanian MEP Cristian Terhes told Express.co.uk: “The death of a person who protested for freedom and liberty in the custody of German police is more proof that, far from an area of liberty, the EU is fast becoming a concentration camp run by bureaucrats which, in fact, disregard fundamental human rights and freedoms.”
An investigation has been launched into the man’s death, which happened during the huge protests in Berlin on Sunday.
Police said the man had complained of tingling in his arm and chest while officers checked his identification in the capital’s Mitte district.
He was one of thousands of protestors to attend the demonstration despite an official ban being slapped on the gathering.
German authorities are yet to provide a figure for how many protestors and officers were injured during Sunday’s protests.
Berlin police department, which deployed more than 2,000 officers in Berlin, said they were attacked and harassed by demonstrators.
It said: “They tried to break through the police cordon and pull out our colleagues.”
The EU has remained silent on the issue of alleged heavy-handed policing at the event.
But the bloc’s officials have spoken out against similar scenes, such as the violence witnessed in Belarus after protests against President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.
Mr Terhes insisted the EU has been quick to turn a blind eye on “police brutality” within the bloc.
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He said: “The EU is great at pointing the finger at foreign regime human rights abusers but their opposition to police brutality within the EU is next to non-existent.
“After the abusive measures imposed on Europeans by the EU and many national governments, it is normal that people would protest to defend and regain their rights.
“The protests are just, therefore the European Commission must stop the hypocrisy and playing politics with people’s rights and must castigate police brutality in EU states like Germany, Belgium and Spain as well.
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“Police brutality against the anti-restrictions protesters is a real threat to human rights in the EU.”
More protests are expected to break out across the bloc as governments continue to bolster their coronavirus measures.
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in France, across three consecutive weekends, to demonstrate against President Emmanuel Macron’s Covid diktats.
Similar scenes have also been witnessed in Italy.
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