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Published on Tuesday, 17 June, 2014 at 10:42
(CS/TJ) Two Luxembourg police officers have been accused of abusing a
demonstrator at a March for Freedom protest in Kirchberg earlier this month.
According to information obtained by Radio 100,7 the police officers
took a demonstrator they arrested to a separate room for interrogation.
One of the officials grabbed the man by the neck, while the other
twisted his arm so violently that the man fainted.
The police officers are also accused of filming the incident on a mobile
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the case, but according
to 100,7 one of the police officers interrogated on the matter has
denied the accusations.
On June 5, a group of around 80 people demonstrated against the EU’s
asylum policies and its treatment of migrants outside a Kirchberg
conference centre, where EU ministers were meeting at the time.
The group tried to force their way into the building but were rebuffed
by security. They then entered the Sustainable Development Ministry next
door, where they staged a sit-in. They were expelled from the building
by police, with demonstrators claiming that authorities used unnecessary
While the protest continued relatively peacefully outside, protesters
and police clashed again when the latter arrested several demonstrators
as they began making their way to the City centre.
Tear gas was used by police, who said that they too had been sprayed
with an acid solution, as well as being attacked by demonstrators.
Following the protests, during which the conference centre and the
Philharmonie next door were sprayed with slogans, police were
considering pressing charges for vandalism and assault.