Blind Student removed from Oxford Union innocent of wrongdoing

A blind student who was “violently” removed from a debate at the Oxford Union has been cleared of wrongdoing. The Oxford Union is the university’s renowned debating society. Onlookers filmed a security guard in an altercation with Ebenezer Azamanti, the student in question, before a debate was about to take place. This altercation resulted in what one onlooker described as Mr Azamanti being “dragged by the ankles” out of the chamber in a “violent” manner. The event has caused outrage. The Oxford University Africa Society (OUAS) said it made Mr Azamanti feel “unwelcome in the union, Oxford, even the country”. 

Mr Azamanti had reserved a seat at the debate, but security staff prevented him from re-entering the building after the debate had started. OUAS members captured footage of the incident. In Mr Anzamanti’s defence, Helen Mountfield QC said they were in ongoing talks to expose the Union’s “failings” in this case. The Union shared a tweet in its support for Mr Azamanti and has condemned the response from security. Brendan McGrath, the president of the Oxford Union, has resigned and issued an apology to the OUAS and Mr Anzamanti for “any reputational damage”.

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October 2021
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