Hasana Aalaia, 17.06.2010. Beaten up

June 17, 2010 – El Aaiun, Western Sahara
22 year-old. Abducted, beaten, intimidated

On June 17 late afternoon, agents of a police patrol circled young Hasana Aalaia a young sarahoui militant in November 24 Street where he was walking with his friend Mohammad Hali, 23. They punched him many times before forced him into their car and drove away.

Interrogation lasted for about 45 minutes, while he was beaten and handcuffed. He was questionned about certain people, about his intentions to organize festive demonstrations on ZAMLA uprising day.

After he was brutally beaten, the police offered him a Western Sahara flag to wipe his blood of from, but Hasana refused to use the flag he’s fighting for.

He was released far away into the desert past the airport, his face wounded and his legs an back badly hurting. The police recommended he should show himself so that everyone can see what they do to people like him.

Physical violence
 XKicks, punches, slaps
 Feet / knees on the nape of the neck, chest or face
 Blows to the victim while under control and/or on the ground
 Blows to the ears
 Strangulation / chokehold
 Painful armlock
 Fingers forced backwards
 Spraying with water
 Dog bites
 Hair pulling
 Tirage par les cheveux
 Painful tightening of colson ties or handcuffs
 Painfully pulling by colson ties or handcuffs
 Use of gloves
 Use of firearm
 Use of “Bean bags” (a coton sack containing tiny lead bullets)
 Use of FlashBall weapon
 Use of sound grenade
 Use of dispersal grenade
 Use of teargas grenade
 Use of rubber bullets weapon (LBD40 type)
 Use of batons
 Use of Pepper Spray
 Use of Taser gun
Psychological violence
 Charge of disturbing public order
 Charge of rebellion
 Accusation of beatings to officer
 Charge of threatening officer
 Charge of insulting an officer
XThreat with a weapon
XAggressive behaviour, disrespect, insults
XCalls to end torment remained unheeded
 Sexist remarks
 Homophobic remarks
 Racist comments
 Violence by fellow police officers
 Passivity of police colleagues
 Lack or refusal of the police officer to identify him or herself
 Vexing or intimidating identity check
 Intimidation or arrest of witnesses
 Prevented from taking photographs or from filming the scene
 Refusal to notify someone or to telephone
 Refusal to administer a breathalyzer
 Refusal to fasten the seatbelt during transport
 Refusal to file a complaint
 Refusal to allow medical care or medication
 Lies, cover-ups, disappearance of evidence
 Undress before witnesses of the opposite sex
 Bend down naked in front of witnesses
 Lack of surveillance or monitoring during detention
 Lack of signature in the Personal Effects Register during detention
 Confiscation, deterioration, destruction of personal effects
 Pressure to sign documents
 Absence of a report
 Deprivation during detention (water, food)
 Inappropriate sanitary conditions during detention (temperature, hygiene, light)
 Complacency of doctors
 Kettling (corraling protestors to isolate them from the rest of the demonstration)
 Prolonged uncomfortable position
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