Blind man who held woman’s arm in street beaten up in Turkey’s east

Blind man who held woman’s arm in street beaten up in Turkey’s east

ERZURUM
Blind man who held woman’s arm in street beaten up in Turkey’s east

A man who has been blind from birth was beaten up by surrounding pedestrians after holding onto a woman’s arm while crossing the street in Erzurum in Turkey’s east, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Dec. 6.

The woman assumed she was being harrassed and started screaming, when Kemal Tanas, 37, held onto her arm to cross Cumhuriyet Road. 

The surrounding pedestrians, unaware of Tanas’s health condition, attacked the man and battered him.

One pedestrian saved Tanas from the angry crowd, before the police arrived at the scene and took him under protection.

“My brother did not mean any harm,” said Murat Tanas, the blind man’s brother.

Tanas also said his brother had a health report, which demonstrates he is 95 percent disabled and that he has a brain tumor.

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