Police methods for the ‘disobedient’

Following up from last week’s post let me say a few more words in relation to my participants’ nostalgic sentiments after the use of force by the police under communism. One of the male interviewees provided insights into one of the popular techniques used by militia officers at the time. Ścieżka zdrowia” [back translation: fitness course] was a police method of control. It involved two lanes of police officers on each side, who were armed with batons, and the arrestees had to walk between them so the police officers could cosh them along the lanes. It is believed that the method was inherited from the 19th-century Russian military. In Briazilian Portuguese this sort of punishment (or even torture) is commonly known as  corredor polonês, which translates as the ‘Polish corridor’.

 

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