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Teenager's accidental death sparks anti-police rioting

PR dla Zagranicy
Aleksander Nowacki 17.03.2015 10:11
The death of a teenager who choked on a bag of drugs on sight of the approaching police sparked two nights of small-scale rioting in the town of Legionowo near Warsaw.
Legionowo riot. Photo: PAP/Jacek TurczykLegionowo riot. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside a police station to protest the death of a 19-year-old boy, whose marijuana use ended in a grotesque death through choking.

As the protest turned to a riot, the police arrested over 20 people, charged with hooliganism, vandalism and assault on police officers.

One police officer was injured, as protesters hurled stones and bottles, including at the media.

A member of the European parliament and fringe presidential candidate, Janusz Korwin-Mikke attended the demonstration, calling for legalisation of all controlled substances.

The dead boy’s family distanced themselves from the politician, saying he was taking advantage of his death. (an)

Source: Polskie Radio

tags: drugs, Police, rioting
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