Angola police beat up disabled protesters

uganda-police-bloodshedBy PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola

LUANDA, (CAJ News) – ANGOLAN police’s human rights image has been tarnished further
after officers assaulted crippled protestors demanding infrastructure for people
with physical disabilities.
In one of the most gruesome violations, video footage has emerged showing an officer
beating a protestor in a wheelchair until he falls to the ground.
Captured in the capital Luanda this past weekend, footage shows more officers wrench
banners and leaflets from other protesters with physical disabilities. 
The police then leave the scene, as people struggle to help the beaten man.
The activists, including those in wheelchairs, had gathered in Luanda to protest the
lack of accessible infrastructure for the disabled. 
Before the protesters reached their meeting point, a contingent of police officers
had blocked their way. They said the protest had not been authorized, and moved to
disperse the group. 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.
It is estimated that more than 650 000 of Angola’s 25 million people have a physical
The National Association of Disabled People of Angola is concerned the government is
not doing enough to include people with disabilities in education and in employment.
It is worried the government of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is not providing
people with disabilities equal access to transportation, facilities and
Human Rights Watch pointed out police in the Southern Africa country had a long
history of using unnecessary or excessive force to disperse peaceful protests. 
Last month, the police used dogs and batons to disperse non-violent protesters
demanding the resignation of a minister ahead of elections in August.
“However, beating up peaceful protesters in wheelchairs is a very odd way of
treating all Angolans equally,” the rights group said. – CAJ News

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