A blind student was dragged “by his ankles” out of an Oxford debating chamber after being refused entry, leading to calls for the union president to resign.
Ebenezer Azamati says that he felt “unwelcome in the Union, Oxford and even the country,” after he was manhandled by security staff in a distressing incident caught on video.
The postgraduate International Relations student from St John’s College, arrived early at the hall to reserve a seat for the debate on the motion ‘This House has no confidence in HM Government’ and went to dinner.
When he returned, he was denied entry, but attempted to sit down in his reserved seat.
A hearing yesterday heard evidence from fellow student Henry Hatwell, who said: “Thirty seconds after he [Azamati] sat down, the security guard came in. Five seconds afterwards he started touching Azamati, who was holding onto the bench. Thirty seconds later they were dragging him by his ankles.”
Azamati, who has a BA in Political Science from the University of Ghana and an MSc in International Politics from SOAS told the Sunday Times: “I felt that I was treated as not being human enough to deserve justice and fair treatment.”
Read more: The Telegraph