‘Use of force is part of legal system’: Berlin police brush off UN torture rapporteur’s criticism of violence against protesters | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

‘Use of force is part of legal system’: Berlin police brush off UN torture rapporteur’s criticism of violence against protesters

In spite of video evidence online, police in Berlin, Germany, have rejected the criticism by the United Nations special rapporteur on torture of their heavy-handed response to anti-lockdown rallies that saw hundreds arrested.

The protesters recently gathered in unauthorized demonstrations against the government’s Covid-19 measures, in contravention of the restrictions on such gatherings under the Infection Protection Act. They heeded no warnings and attacked officers, the Berlin police said in a statement on Monday, warranting their “violent” enforcement measures.

The statement was issued in response to the views expressed in the media last week by Nils Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture. Melzer had said he would be requesting an official statement from the government on police actions during the massive anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination rally in early August.

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