Deutsche Welle (DW) spoke to several Rwandans who said they had been forcibly injected with a COVID-19 vaccine.
One man from the Muhanga district, in Rwanda’s Southern Province, told DW that he was handcuffed when he was vaccinated.
“Around 4 a.m. our local cell leader kicked in my door,” he said. “I thought they were thieves because I was still asleep. There were three people standing at my door, they ordered me to go to the sector offices, and I was handed over to security personnel and I was told that I was going to be vaccinated against my will.”
Five police officers and six civilians then surrounded him and ordered him into a room.
“They pounced on me and dragged me on the ground, manhandling me, shoving their knees in my back and everywhere, as the handcuffs were cutting deep wounds around my wrists,” he said. “They even tried to suffocate me.” According to his statement, medics then came and injected a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We completely refused to take the jabs and instead asked the soldiers and police to shoot us or drown us to death. We put up a demonstration, but they said they won’t shoot us,” another man told DW. He said his group was forced to take the shots.
“When they realized we were not ready to change our mind, they brought in many police officers, and we were handcuffed,” he said. “The police officers held us to the ground, and we were vaccinated.”