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April 1, 2020

Teargas, beatings and bleach: the most extreme Covid-19 lockdown controls around the world

by M J Farah

Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok Lobsters for face masks? Aussie fishermen want to make a deal Third of councils axe garden waste collections due to staff shortages a person standing in front of a store: Photograph: Zoltán Balogh/EPA © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Zoltán Balogh/EPA

As coronavirus lockdowns have been expanded globally, billions of people have found that they are now faced with unprecedented restrictions. Police across the world have been given licence to control behaviour in a way that would normally be extreme even for an authoritarian state.

On Tuesday, police in Kenya gave their “sincere condolences” after a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed on his balcony in Nairobi as police moved through the neighbourhood, enforcing a coronavirus curfew.

“They come in screaming and beating us like cows, and we are law-abiding citizens,” said Hussein Moyo, the father of Yasin, the boy who was shot.a group of people in a car: The funeral of Yasin Hussein Moyo, 13, who was shot by police in Nairobi. Photograph: Brian Inganga/AP © Provided by The Guardian The funeral of Yasin Hussein Moyo, 13, who was shot by police in Nairobi. Photograph: Brian Inganga/AP

Concerns are growing that police forces around the world are using gruelling and humiliating punishments to enforce quarantine on the poorest and most vulnerable groups, including tens of millions who live hand-to-mouth and risk starving if they do not defy lockdowns and seek work.

source: the Guardian

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