World News – CA – Protests against police brutality in Nigeria bring Lagos to a standstill


More than 10,000 protesters flocked to the streets of the Nigerian capital to join growing protests against police brutality Protesters blocked roads, bringing downtown Lagos, the economic hub, to a standstill usually full of traffic

Many waved the green and white Nigerian flag as they filled a major stretch of highway in the city of 20 million people

Anger over abuses by the notorious special anti-theft squad (Sars) of the police erupted into widespread protests last week, forcing the government to dismantle the unit Crowds continued to grow despite the announcement of a series of reforms from the shaken authorities At least 10 people died and dozens injured in the protests, which were forcibly received by police units

The wave of protests is the biggest show of popular power in years in Africa’s most populous country as young people demand more sweeping changes On Friday night, huge crowds gathered at a toll booth that became the center of protests in Lagos to organize a vigil for those killed by the police Protesters waved their cellphone torches in the air as they called for accountability after decades of widespread ill-treatment by law enforcement

The Nigerian authorities have set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) unit to replace Sars and have pledged to hold officers who have committed abuses accountable for their actions But many are skeptical that government to follow real change, after human rights group says up to 10 people killed in first harsh response to protests

The Nigerian military will begin a two-month nationwide exercise, she said on Saturday, while denying the move was part of any security response to the protests

Operation Crocodile Smile is reportedly taking place across the country from October 20 to December 31, the first time the annual exercise, usually focused in the Delta region, has been held nationwide

The move comes just days after the military said it was ready to step in and restore order

More than £ 100,000 has been raised to send food, water and first aid supplies to protesters and to cover the medical costs of the injured Hundreds of lawyers have volunteered to represent those arrested Public figures around the world have spoken in favor of the protests, including Marcus Rashford, John Boyega and P Diddy

End SARS, Nigeria and the protests

News from the world – CA – Protests over police brutality in Nigeria bring Lagos to a standstill


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