In Lubin, protesters gathered in front of the police station on Sunday afternoon. The demonstration took place because of the death of a young man who died after being arrested by the police. Several officers are injured. Several dozen demonstrators were detained.
On Sunday, a group of people gathered in front of the Poviat Police Headquarters in Lubin to protest against the behavior of the police. The reason for the demonstration was a video of the arrest of a man who later died on the Internet.
Some of the protesters brought candles, which were lit in front of the police station. At the address, officers shouted offensive slogans.
Protesters threw eggs and stones at the facade of the headquarters building. At one point, a crowd of about 30 people started storming the entrance to the building. Police officers used tear gas on them. In response, the demonstrators started throwing bottles, stones, and – according to the police – Molotov cocktails at the policemen and the building. Demonstrators set fire to the garbage can, which was extinguished by firefighters.
During the riots, officers fired warning shots with smoothbore weapons, and several times they fired at aggressive demonstrators who ran out of the crowd towards the policemen. A police water-sprayer rushed to the streets.
Wounded policemen, detained protesters
Assistant Commissioner Wojciech Jabłoński from the press office of the Lower Silesian police said late in the evening that 40 demonstrators had been detained. – They will be responsible for such crimes as destruction of property, violation of the inviolability of officers, directing criminal threats against them, as well as other articles related to the illegal assembly in which these people participated – explained the policeman.
Several officers were injured. – We also had to deal with a situation in which the firefighters called to the scene were thrown with stones and were unable to carry out activities related to extinguishing the fire. Similarly, the ambulance, which appeared on the spot to help the injured, was unfortunately not let in by the demonstrators – said Jabłoński.
After 9 p.m. he said that in Lubin, in the vicinity of the headquarters, “aggressive behavior is constantly taking place, which is fueled by groups of hooligans”.
Lupine. Record of the arrest of the man
The recording of the Friday intervention of the policemen from Lubin against the aggressive man was published on the Internet. You can see the policemen trying to overpower the man who is lying on the ground for a few minutes. He screams and leaps away. The two officers are joined by another, as well as a man in a white sweatshirt with a backpack (probably a plainclothes policeman). The four of them bend over the still screaming and lying on the ground. They try to overwhelm him. After a while, they transfer the man to the police car. However, they fail to put him there. The man is lying on the street, next to the police car, and the policemen are still bending over him. At some point, she stops screaming and breaking free. He’s probably losing consciousness.
As the police informed the next day, the man died two hours after being transported to the hospital. The prosecutor’s office will investigate the matter of the man’s death.
Main photo source: PAP / Aleksander Koźmiński