Blind African pupil who was dragged out of Oxford Union debating chamber ‘by his ankles’ wins pay out of ‘a number of hundreds of kilos’
- Video footage of Ebenezer Azamati being ‘manhandled’ on the union went viral
- It was claimed the Ghanaian pupil was behaving ‘aggressively’ and ejected
- A 12 months later, the union apologises and has withdrawn all allegations towards him
A blind pupil who was ‘dragged out’ of the Oxford Union has been paid a number of hundreds of kilos in compensation.
Ebenezer Azamati was ‘pushed’ out of the unique debating chamber by safety on October 17.
Footage of him being ‘manhandled’ went viral after the ex-president, Brandan McGrath – who wasn’t there that night – claimed Mr Azamati was behaving aggressively and banned him for 2 phrases.
In an announcement tweeted by the union, which is unbiased from the college, the president apologised days later for the ‘misery’ and ‘reputational harm’.
However now, almost a 12 months later, the union have made one other public assertion saying: ‘Ebenezer Azamati, a member of the Oxford Union, sought to attend one in every of its debates. Mr Azamati is blind and Black. Mr Azamati was initially turned away.
‘He was subsequently admitted however then steps had been taken to take away him by power.
‘He ultimately left voluntarily. Shortly afterwards, disciplinary proceedings had been wrongly introduced towards Mr Azamati alleging violence and dishonesty.
Ebenezer Azamati (pictured above) had tried to order a seat on the debate as he was fearful there have been no provision in place for disabled college students
Ebenezer Azamati,was ‘manhandled’ by safety guards whereas attending a debate on the Oxford Union
‘The allegations and preliminary findings towards him had been made public. All of the allegations towards him had been withdrawn on enchantment, the findings had been put aside and he was rightly cleared of any wrongdoing.’
Ebenezer Azamati was expelled from a debate on the Oxford Union after he tried to attend a chat on the movement ‘This Home has no confidence in HM Authorities’.
The 25-year-old arrived early on the Oxford Union on October 17 to order a seat as he was fearful there have been no particular provisions for disabled college students.
He positioned a e-book on an accessible seat close to the doorway to the chamber to order it and went again to his school for dinner.
When he returned later, accompanied by a good friend and sat down, officers refused his attendance and had been seen manhandling him out of his seat.
Mr Azamati, who’s a postgraduate from Ghana learning worldwide relations, turned distressed on the state of affairs.
Video footage from the occasion reveals the scholar’s white cane to be seen, whereas an official pulls him out of his seat.
Officers had been seen speaking to Mr Azamati and touching his arm (left) earlier than they eliminated him from the debating chamber
Mr Azamati has since mentioned he feels ‘unwelcome’ in Britain following the incident.
He mentioned on the time: ‘In being publicly faraway from the Oxford Union Society made me really feel unwelcome within the Union, Oxford and even the nation.
‘I felt that I used to be handled as not being human sufficient to deserve justice and truthful therapy.’
In the present day the assertion continued: ‘We settle for that the allegations of dishonesty and violence made towards Mr Azamati by the union have brought about acute misery to [him] and severe hurt to his repute.
‘We settle for that these allegations are wholly unfounded and unfaithful, and we apologise for making the statements that contained them.’