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Minsk police drag blind man down stairs

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By Euronews
Minsk police drag blind man down stairs

<p>Belarusian police have been confronted by citizens of the capital Minsk over their treatment of a blind man accused of assaulting an officer.</p> <p>Video of the aftermath of the incident showed the man being dragged down stairs in a Metro station, his head colliding with a metal handrail.</p> <p>Passersby faced off with police over the behaviour and have now set up <a href="https://www.change.org/p/%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B3%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%8B-%D1%83%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%BC%D0%B8%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%B8-%D1%82%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B1%D1%83%D0%B5%D0%BC-%D1%83%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%8C-%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%B1%D0%BE-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%B7%D0%B0%D1%82%D1%8C-%D0%BC%D0%B8%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2-%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D0%B8%D0%B7%D0%B1%D0%B8%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B5-%D1%81%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BE-%D1%87%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%BA%D0%B0">an online petition</a> demanding disciplinary action from the authorities.</p> <p>The 41-year-old suspect is a regular at the Metro station and witnesses said he had lashed out in confusion when two policemen had started harrassing him.</p> <p>However, a police investigation reported that he had a criminal record and also became violent later at the police station.</p>