Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a spate of violent attacks in European Union (EU) states between January 2015 and December 2016. They were shot by armed men, blown up in suicide bomb attacks and deliberately run over as they walked in the street. These callous crimes did not just target individuals; they were also attacks on societies, on how people live and what people think. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent. The full report, “Dangerously Disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe” (Index: EUR 01/5342/2017), is available in English and French at www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur01/5342/2017/en/.
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