Published: Wed, November 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Eight resign over abuse of blind Ghanaian student at Oxford University

Eight resign over abuse of blind Ghanaian student at Oxford University

'In being publicly removed from the Oxford Union Society made me feel unwelcome in the Union, Oxford and even the country.

On Monday evening, Jeremy Bararia, the only black member of the union's governing body, stepped down and joined calls for the resignation of the society's president, who at first accused Mr. Azamati of violent misconduct before dropping his complaint and apologizing weeks later.

The Oxford Union has previously been home to alumni such as Boris Johnson and David Cameron, and has traditionally been a place where students go to hone their debating skills.

In a tweet, OULC said: "OULC strongly condemns the appalling treatment of Ebenezer Azamati by the Oxford Union".

A statement published today read: "We, the Sabbatical Officers of Oxford SU, condemn the actions of The Oxford Union regarding the treatment of one of our members, Ebenezer Azamati, and stand in solidarity with Mr Azamati, Oxford Africa Society and Oxford ACS".

Video footage of the conflict shows Azamati being forcibly displaced from his chair and becoming distressed as he tries to resist the efforts of two men dragging him out of the place.

Azamati, a postgraduate student from Ghana has a BA in Political Science from the University of Ghana and an MSc in International Politics from SOAS.

An charm hearing yesterday heard proof from fellow student Henry Hatwell, who talked about: 'Thirty seconds after he [Azamati] sat down, the safety guard came in.

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It said he arrived at the union in Frewin Court early to reserve his seat in the chamber before the debate and then returned to his college. Five seconds afterwards, he started touching Azamati, who was holding on to the bench, Hatwell said.

In a statement, the Union said: "We apologised unreservedly to Mr Azamati for the distress and any reputational damage which the publication of the incident may have caused".

But instead of giving an apology, Union president Brendan McGrath called a disciplinary hearing against him, where it was claimed that Mr Azamati had "behaved violently" as he was being removed from the building.

CNN has approached the Oxford Union, McGrath and Azamati for comment.

This is while campaign groups such as the Oxford University Africa society, have protested on his behalf.

STUDENTS ARE demanding justice and the resignation of the Oxford Union president after a visually impaired student was "dragged by his feet" from a debate at the union.

Oxford University initially said they had no control over the Oxford Union.

On Saturday, it became confirmed that Mr McGrath had withdrawn his label of violent habits against Mr Azamati.

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