Polish hooligans beat up Belarusians
15:29, — Politics
The co-director of the Belarusian House has broken nose, a photojournalist of charter97.org - broken head and finger.
A football tournament for the Cup of the Belarusian House supposed to be held On August 12 in Warsaw with participation of teams of the Belarusian TV-channel "Belsat", "Euroradio", "European Belarus" and the Belarusian Informational House.
The match supposed to begin at 12 o'clock at the stadium of gymnasium № 23 on the Tarnovetska Street, in accordance with the official permission of the gumnasium. However, at this time the stadium was occupied - two teams of local people were playing football. Despite persistent requests from the school administration, they refused to leave the field.
Players of "Belsat", "Euroradio", "European Belarus" and the Belarusian Information House waited about half an hour, then started to hang out white-red-white flags at the stadium fence, hoping that the match for Cup of the Belarusian House will soon begin.
But seeing the Belarusian flags, Poles began to pluck them from the fence. Dirty insults and threats such as "our friends will be here soon with bats and we will kill you" sounded in address of Belarusian audience, many of whom came with their children, girls and women.
Then the bullies moved into action – knocked down and started beating the organizer of the tournament, co-director of the Belarusian House Dmitry Barodka, who came to the match with two young sons. Photojournalist of charter97.org Ivan Mezhui tried to record the attack on the camera. As a result, he was also beaten and knocked to the ground; the camera was taken.
Police arrived at the crime scene, but the hooligans had already vanished. Dmitry Barodka and Ivan Mezhui were taken to hospital. The co-director of the Belarusian House has broken nose, the journalist – broken head - sutures were placed - and a broken finger.
Dmitry Barodka, the co-director of the Belarusian House
Ivan Mezhui, photojournalist of charter97.org
Cup of the Belarusian House, which was supposed to be played on the match
Polish hooligans who attacked Belarusians
The car on which the criminals escaped