police brutality

Anti–Putin protests: 'Moscow has lost Vladivostok'

Putin flew groups of riot police 10,000 kilometres on Saturday to meet anti-government protestors gathered in Vladivostok. Around a thousand Russians from the east of the country showed disdain for the Prime Minister by taking to the streets. Their message: "United Russia can go to hell". Read more...

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French rioters clash with police in Lyon

Nationwide protests against educational reforms led French students to fight police, burn cars and block train lines on Thursday. We publish a video shot in Lyon, where the clashes resulted in 38 arrests. Read more...

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Russia protests: "a police colonel tried to gouge someone's eyes out"

After groups of opposition supporters were pushed, carried and kicked into police vans on Sunday at demonstrations in Moscow and St Petersburg, the Russian Web has been flooded with brutal images of the event. Read more and see the videos...

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Yang Jia, cop killer turned icon

Graffiti depicting the previously unknown Yang Jia has popped up on Beijing walls. The young Yang was projected into the limelight after he was tried and executed on November 26 for the killing of six policemen. So why did he become a national icon? Read more...

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Ultraviolent arrest in Iran

This video of a police arrest has been circulating on the Iranian blogosphere since Monday. The man arrested was accused of stealing money and a mobile phone. Read more and see the video...

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"Police blunder" in Paris suburbs: an officer's perspective

On Tuesday we published video footage of police brutality against a youth in the northern Paris suburb of Montfermeil. A police unit chief, who worked in the suburbs for ten years, tells us how his colleagues were "scared to death", and considers the chief of police's proposition of being filmed on the job. Read his account...

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Video footage of police brutality in the Paris suburbs

The Paris suburbs, branded a hotbed of violence since the 2005 riots, are again in the spotlight since footage of a young man being beaten by the police emerged on Monday. Read more and watch the video...

Six Indians killed defending a Maya site

For the past month, a group of Chiapas Indians had been occupying an archaeological site, demanding a better share of tourism profits. On Friday, state police arrived, killing six of them. Now a video showing the start of the police intervention is circulating on Indian blogs. Read more...

Amateur video of a beating

The harbour of Sidi Ifni, in southern Morocco, was once again blocked by citizens on strike last Monday. This video, sent by one of our Moroccan observers, seems to show that the strike was broken up in a particularly brutal way. Read more...

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Olympics are no treat for Beijing’s illegal workers

For most inhabitants of Beijing, the long-awaited Olympics are a unique opportunity for rejoicing and pride. Yet for the city's numerous illegal workers, the Games are tantamount to a threat of expulsion. Read more...

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