“Mauritania Youth Movement” protest in Nouakchott descended into chaos on Wednesday as sound grenades and tear gas rained down and police rounded up scores of people, carting them off to be detained in cramped conditions without medical assistance for the injured.
The activist pictured was injured by a tear gas canister, indicating that police are shooting tear gas directly at protesters, and likely aiming for the face.
Wednesday’s protest was just the latest in a series of daily anti-regime demonstrations and corresponding attacks. All the protesters are unarmed, and apart from the potential to charge them with disturbing the peace, none of them have broken any laws. In a clear escalation of police brutality, there have been many more arrests and injuries than we’ve witnessed in the past 6 months.