Ethiopian police caught assaulting man in viral video

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Two policemen in Ethiopia have gone viral in a video which shows them assaulting a man already retrained in handcuffs.

The video emerged on Twitter on Monday and soon went viral, prompting a backlash from the platform’s users in Ethiopia. In the video, a woman can be seen trying to prevent the armed policemen from assaulting the man further. However, one officer fires his rifle into the air while the other pushes the woman away.

Police assault in Addis Ababa

The incident took place in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, which was partially captured by Twitter user @Officially_Abel. The 35-second video shows a man lying on the floor being beaten by a police officer while a woman, who is yet to be identified, attempts to stop the assault of the man.

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A second officer, armed with a rifle fires into the air, as the first policeman pushes the woman away, twice raising his fist at her. Surrounding people try to calm the woman after she is pushed by the offer, who then appears to start arguing with other members of the public getting involved.

The viral video prompted an online backlash and caught the attention of rights groups calling for an end to police brutality in Ethiopia.

featured image: Twitter

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.