The prosecutor’s office should start investigating whether or not there was police violence at the protest on Thursday, although it is obvious that there was,” lawyer Petromir Kanchev from the “Justice for Everyone” initiative told “Dnevnik”. On Thursday (November 16) he broadcast almost 3 hours live of the protest of football fans and managed to capture both the aggression of the protesters towards the police and how uniformed people were being beaten with batons by people who apparently had done nothing wrong.
Police believe they prevented a bigger pogrom from football fans with their actions (video)
According to lawyer Kanchev, the police could have prevented many of the events that happened at the protest on Thursday evening. He recalled that there were no checkpoints at the protest where people were checked for prohibited items and that the leaflets of the individual football clubs were collected in one place. “The police know what they shouldn’t do, but I think they did it the other way around,” he commented.
Three knocked out teeth, head and arm wounds: A man talks about police violence after the protest
He advised anyone who became the target of police violence on the night of the protest to first obtain a medical certificate and then seek a lawyer. “The truth will come out, even if a few months later. Until now, we have listened to the defense thesis of the police. The version of the journalists and the victims will be heard a little later in the courtroom,” he also said.
A 19-year-old girl was beaten by police officers in the “Sveti Sedmochiselnitsi” kindergarten after the protest
Lawyer Kanchev reported that no one has sought him so far to tell what he witnessed on Thursday evening and recalled what exactly he saw: “We saw aggression towards absolutely everyone in the establishment. There were people holding glasses who ordered long before that. They were beaten too, and it was absolutely unnecessary.” According to him, a check should also be carried out as to who gave the order to enter the establishment and to act in this way. The full Justice for All live video of the soccer fans’ protest can be viewed here.
Photos from the clashes at the protest can be seen here.