Today, the Protector of Citizens visited the persons detained after the protest that took place on the night between 7 and 8 July in front of the National Assembly.

The team of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) and the Emergency Response Department learned that there were 23 persons and interviewed eight of them today; while the others would be interviewed at a later point as they had no longer been in the police detention premises. On that occasion, they were informed that criminal charges have been filed against one person so far, and misdemeanor charges have been filed against seven persons.

Four out of eight persons had objections to the actions of officials during the intervention, but not to the actions of police officers during transport and detention at the police station.

On Thursday, 9 July 2020, the Protector of Citizens will control the work of those officials whose conduct during the intervention had been subject of the detained persons’ complaints.

The Protector of Citizens reiterates his appeal to citizens to address this institution if they believe that their rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws have been violated.