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Israel protests to Romania after tourists beaten by police

Embassy in Bucharest calls incident ‘unacceptable and extremely serious’; detainee says ‘they shot in the air like we were criminals, even terrorists’

An Israeli beaten by Romanian police in Bucharest on August 10, 2018. (Screenshot: Twitter)
An Israeli beaten by Romanian police in Bucharest on August 10, 2018. (Screenshot: Twitter)

BUCHAREST, Romania — Israel’s embassy on Monday protested to the Romanian government, after four Israeli tourists were allegedly dragged out of a taxi and beaten by riot police in Bucharest, during a violent anti-corruption protest.

The embassy described the Friday night attack as “unacceptable and extremely serious.”

It said the tourists were returning to their hotel in the Romanian capital of Bucharest when police stopped them.

“They were dragged out of the car, even though they showed their passports and explained they had nothing” to do with the protest, the embassy said, adding that the men would file a criminal complaint.

Footage from the incident was broadcast Monday on Romanian TV.

“The cops simply started beating us and going crazy,” one of the detainees, Avi Sade, told Israel’s Hadashot TV on Monday. “They took me out of the taxi. I had a very expensive watch that fell and I didn’t find it.

“They had helmets, bats and special tools. They shot in the air like we were criminals, even terrorists,” he added.

Police in Bucharest did not immediately react to the statement.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, however, said that “the brutal repression of demonstrators is totally unacceptable.”

“In a European state, attacking innocent people, attacking journalists, attacking women and children is inconceivable,” he said Monday, calling for a thorough investigation into police brutality during the anti-government protest.

Some 500 people needed medical treatment after police fired tear gas and water cannons to break up the protest against government corruption. Some people lobbed rocks and bottles at police.

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