A plea for help, a placard reading, “people help us”, from the roof top of a prison in Kopeysk, eastern Russia. The protest was reportedly sparked in response to fellow inmates being held in punishment cells.
Events then turned ugly outside the prison walls where it is claimed riot police attacked a group of inmates relatives. Eight policeman were injured trying to disperse the crowd.
“Riot police wearing masks and helmets were dragging everyone out of cars. We had a young child, they started beating everybody with batons, without checking who was who. The car is damaged, the child frightened,” said one of the protesters.
The local prison authority said the group had violated prison rules and that the situation was under control. Thirty-eight people were detained with the police denying anyone had been beaten outside the prison.
But one human rights activist who was at the scene told local media she had never seen such mayhem.