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COVID-19 Lockdowns in Africa Have Been Deadlier than the Disease

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In some African states, the police brutality that has come along with enforced lockdowns has already claimed more lives than COVID-19.

In Uganda, police have shot lockdown breakers, five policemen were arrested in Rwanda on suspicion of beating up local men and raping their wives, and in Kenya, police shot dead a 13-year-old boy for playing on his balcony a few minutes after the beginning of the curfew.

Despite many Western media outlets showering the South African government with praise for its supposed “ruthlessly efficient” response to the coronavirus, videos have emerged of police firing rubber bullets on crowds, and the government’s own police complaints agency is currently investigating an incidence of a man who was beaten to death with a hammer for leaving his home to buy some beer.

The number of accounts like these could fill a small book already.

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