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Viral video of Addis Ababa police brutality: Ethiopians call for justice

Viral video of Addis Ababa police brutality: Ethiopians call for justice

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<p>A video clip of a brutal police assault on a man in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has drawn widespread condemnation and a call for authorities to deliver justice for the victim.</p> <p>A <a href="https://twitter.com/Officially_Abel/status/1165881910285012992">Twitter user</a> posted the less than one-minute clip on the platform decrying what he said was his “morning starter.” “…as usual the Police, our men in blue, protecting us…,” he added with emojis of exhaustion.</p> <p>Two police men are seen in the clip, one assaulting a man in handcuffs and helplessly on the floor. The other officer with a rifle is pacing at the scene of the assault and at a point fires a shot into the air.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here is my morning starter… as usual the Police, our men in blue, protecting us…??<a href="https://twitter.com/BlenaSahilu?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>BlenaSahilu</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AddisPolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>AddisPolice</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AddisAbaba?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AddisAbaba</a> <a href="https://t.co/QVbEBVlVsy">pic.twitter.com/QVbEBVlVsy</a></p>— አቤል ደ. ✊? (@Officially_Abel) <a href="https://twitter.com/Officially_Abel/status/1165881910285012992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Onlookers look on helplessly with the exception of a woman who tries to restrain the police man leading the assault to no avail. At a point the police shoves her aside.</p> <p>Though authorities have yet to publicly respond to calls for justice, the verdict on social media was that such an action was despicable and unacceptable.</p> <p>Most people in voicing their outrage tagged the Prime Minister, the Addis Ababa police and the mayor Takele Uma-Banti. Others also tagged the Attorney General, Chief Justice and other influential people.</p> <p>A leading human rights outlet, <span class="caps">CARD</span> Ethiopia, and the privately-owned Addis Standard news portal also voiced their condemnation. A journalist with a leading local news outlet also disclosed a creeping culture of police brutality in the capital. </p> <p>“Within the past few months I reported 3 deaths occurred by security forces brutality in #Addis Ababa,” Haimanot Ashenafi of Addis Maleda tweeted. “This is disturbing!” journalist Samuel Getachew of The Reporter also remarked.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That video is infuriating &absolutely unacceptable. But please let’s refrain from generalizing about police officers & dehumanizing them. Our advocacy should rooted in the belief that all human being should be treated with dignity whether they committed a crime or not. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E1%8A%90%E1%8C%8D%E1%89%A0%E1%8A%94?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ነግበኔ</a></p>— Blèna (@BlenaSahilu) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlenaSahilu/status/1166009145516077057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Policing institutions in Ethiopia are rotten to the core, beyond redemption. What we see in this video is not an isolated act of 2 rogue officers. It is a widespread & deep rooted problem. For it implicates the entire institution, I hope there would be a thorough review. <a href="https://t.co/AnELnz4809">https://t.co/AnELnz4809</a></p>— Awol Allo (@awolallo) <a href="https://twitter.com/awolallo/status/1165918817165414400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This brutal attack by <a href="https://twitter.com/AddisPolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>AddisPolice</a> against civilian is filmed today at 9:30 AM by a passer by. This is a manifestation of lack of institutional accountability and lack of commitment to respect of human rights.<br>CC: <a href="https://twitter.com/TakeleUma?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>TakeleUma</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/PMEthiopia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>PMEthiopia</a> <a href="https://t.co/wfTy7J8ncK">https://t.co/wfTy7J8ncK</a></p>— CARD (</code>CARDEthiopia) <a href="https://twitter.com/CARDEthiopia/status/1165973077441830912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BTW</span>, we all should fight and say NO to brutality and all illegal actions like that brave woman in the video. That lady to me is the 21 first century Rosa Parks!!!</p>— Ephrem Madebo (@GTWTW_Now) <a href="https://twitter.com/GTWTW_Now/status/1166006053416382465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You just cannot explain such <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Police?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Police</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brutality?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Brutality</a> against a hundcuffed individual by <a href="https://twitter.com/AddisPolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>AddisPolice</a> with any possible justifications. Very saddening!<a href="https://twitter.com/TakeleUma?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>TakeleUma</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/PMEthiopia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>PMEthiopia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hrcoethio?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>hrcoethio</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ashenafi_meaza?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>ashenafi_meaza</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BerhanuTsegaye?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>BerhanuTsegaye</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DanielBekele?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>DanielBekele</a> <a href="https://t.co/NXxJsY5s2y">https://t.co/NXxJsY5s2y</a></p>— Minilik Assefa (</code>MinilikAbisa) <a href="https://twitter.com/MinilikAbisa/status/1165968468094722052?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E1%8A%90%E1%8C%8D%E1%89%A0%E1%8A%94?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ነግበኔ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E1%8A%90%E1%8C%8D%E1%89%A0%E1%8B%88%E1%8B%B3%E1%8C%84?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ነግበወዳጄ</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E1%8A%90%E1%8C%8D%E1%89%A0%E1%89%A4%E1%89%B0%E1%88%B0%E1%89%A4?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ነግበቤተሰቤ</a> <br /> <br /> ??? Excessive use of force, mistreating, abusing and terrorizing citizens, lack of accountability.<br /> Not surprised, just sad. ?<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopia</a> <a href="https://t.co/fE9pfG7j7V">https://t.co/fE9pfG7j7V</a></p>— Blèna (@BlenaSahilu) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlenaSahilu/status/1165915428163661831?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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