End Police Brutality:Nigerians are seeking the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS
Beyoncé, Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Big Sean, Burna Boy and many more stars are urging an end to police brutality in Nigeria by tweeting out the #EndSARS hashtag.
“I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS,” Beyoncé wrote on her official website. “We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter.”
Nigeria has been swept by a wave of protests from citizens who are urging the government to break-up the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the unit of the Nigerian police that has come under scrutiny after footage recently went viral of the squad beating a man to death.
Protesters have reportedly been hit with tear gas and stun grenadesduring recent clashes between the marchers and police over calls to disband the unit, which was founded in 1992 in an effort to curb robberies.
Nigeria is burning.
From the beginning of October, citizens took to the streets to peacefully protest police brutality that led to extra-judicual killings.
What began as mostly peaceful protests have turned increasingly violent in recent days. Tens of thousands of people have joined in the demonstrations across the country, but as they grow more violent, government security forces have responded in kind. The Nigerian Army said it was standing by in case “subversive elements and troublemakers” continue to cause problems for the police. Groups of armed young men who are reportedly being paid to discredit the anti-police movement by powerful interests in Nigeria have allegedly been attacking the demonstrators, fueling the unrest, and provoking the government’s response.
Nigerians are seeking the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and its replacement, the Special Weapons and Tactics team.
The Nigerian government under General Muhammadu Buhari has remained defiant in the face of the protests, returning fire for peaceful protests.
Rights group Amnesty International said the death toll stands at above 15 since demonstrations began.
World leaders and celebrities have joined in calling for the Nigerian Govt to be responsive to their needs of the people.
Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey gave the movement which uses the hashtag #EndSars a boost after he tweeted it for the first time on October 14th 2020.