Pubblicato: venerdì, 26 ottobre 2012

Amnesty warns EU States Against Beating Anti-austerity Protesters

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PressTVAmnesty International (AI) has warned the governments in the eurozone against beating demonstrators protesting against austerity measures in their countries.
People demonstrating peacefully in EU (European Union) countries have been beaten, kicked, shot at and wounded with rubber bullets and sprayed with tear gas,” AI said in a report released on Thursday.

The Portuguese protest against government’s new austerity measures outside the parliament building in Lisbon. (File photo)

The report, entitled Policing demonstrations in the European Union, added that “excessive use of force by police goes uninvestigated and unpunished.”Amnesty International says strict guidelines need to be introduced on the use of potentially lethal riot-control devices such as pepper spray, tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.
Under international law, police can only use force when it is required for them to perform their duty and they must be restrained in its use.

As more demonstrations take place against austerity measures introduced in EU countries, governments must make it clear to their law enforcement forces that no abuses will be tolerated, that all complaints into police brutality will be properly investigated and those responsible [will be] held to account,” said Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaign Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia.

The international rights group has also urged EU governments to protect the right to peaceful protest.
Various eurozone member states have been struggling with serious economic stagnation since the bloc’s financial crisis began roughly five years ago.

The worsening debt crisis has forced the EU governments to adopt harsh austerity measures and tough economic reforms, which have triggered incidents of social unrest and massive protests in many European countries, including Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

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