One of the security officers ordered to open the backpack, and while Anton was taking it off, the other started beating the man. Three riot policemen threw him in a bus to another group of their colleagues. They continued the beating, demanding to unlock the phone and show the media files. Anton believes that the security forces actually expected to detain some armed people or at least the protest coordinators. Seeing a partially empty smartphone, the security officers were a little confused until the order came to "arrest everyone". Then the beating continued.
"I was lying on the floor, bleeding, with a riot policeman's foot on top of me, while more people were thrown into the bus and beaten," Anton recalls. Even then, the man hoped that they would be taken to the police station, forced to sign a 'no complaints' paper and released home.
"I was sure that I would not even have to pay a fine, because the country would wake up different. And I thought that in a couple of days I would be able to laugh with these riot policemen about what was happening," he recalls. However, they were not taken to the police station, but to Akrestsin Street jail.
Hundreds of detainees stood in front of the gray wall for several hours. Every movement, every question resulted in the thud of truncheon breaking the silence of the night. "Someone started crying, asking to be let go. When someone was crying and screaming, they were beating them harder to fuel the horror," says Anton. Then a group of 15 people was taken to the corridor, ordered to undress.
Their personal information was collected. Everything was accompanied by incessant beatings. Then they were thrown into a cell for 6 people. In total there were about three dozen people inside.