Photographer permanently blinded in one eye after covering Minneapolis protests

Photographer permanently blinded in one eye after covering Minneapolis protests
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Over the past week, demonstrations protesting the murder of George Floyd have taken place in many major US cities – and have even inspired protests in international cities such as Paris, London and Athens. During the US protests there have been numerous reports of police brutality against protestors. However, photographers and journalists have also been in the firing line as well.

Freelance photographer Linda Tirado was covering the protests in Minneapolis on Friday, 29 May when she was hit in the left eye by a projectile, which she believes was a rubber bullet fired by the police. While she'd previously donned goggles to protect her eyes, they had slipped down when she'd been running from tear gas.

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