Police attack wheelchair-bound disabled protesters, sparking outrage

Police attack wheelchair-bound disabled protesters, sparking outrage

- A video showing Angolan police attacking wheelchair-bound protesters has surfaced online

- It has sparked outrage among Angolans and human rights activists

- The protesters demanded equal opportunities as well as infrastructure for the disabled

A video showing Angolan police attacking wheelchair-bound disabled protesters has surfaced online.

In the video, the police officers are seen engaging in scuffles with the protesters, resulting in some of them falling off their wheelchairs.

The video has sparked outrage among members of the Angolan public as well as human rights activists.

The protest took place in the Angolan capital Luanda on Saturday, April 22 led by the National Association of Disabled People of Angola.

The disabled protesters were reportedly highlighting their need for public infrastructure adapted to suit their conditions as well as equal opportunities in employment and education.

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Human Rights Watch released a statement condemning the police action, saying: “They beat those who refused to leave. Eventually they allowed the protest to proceed, but only under the close watch of police officers with dogs."

Social media users also joined in the condemnation. Italy Viriri wrote: "Outrageous and utterly moronic! Such types should never be anywhere near a police uniform."

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Another user, Jason, wrote: "Blatant disrespect towards persons of disability. They should be fired immediately and charged with assault."

Watch the video in the tweet below.

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