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Beyoncé Speaks Out Against Police Brutality In Nigeria & Offers Aid To Youth Organizations
Beyoncé is among a growing number of musicians and other public figures speaking out against the Nigerian government’s treatment of people protesting police brutality.
The situation between the government and protests against police brutality has escalated with Amnesty International reporting on Oct. 20, “Amnesty International has received credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos.”
“I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS. 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. To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand with you.”
Beyoncé is encouraging people to visit her website for a list of organizations she’s working with on the ground in Nigeria to help support protesters and the community. The organizations are the Feminist Coalition 2020 and Connected Development.
The feminist coalition is a group of young Nigerian feminists formed in July 2020 with a mission to champion equality for women in Nigerian society with a core focus on education, financial freedom and representation in public office.
“We are fighting injustice through peaceful protests, fundraising, and social media organization,” the organization states on its website. “We have a vision for a Nigeria where equality for all people is a reality in our laws and everyday lives.”
Connected Development [CODE] is a non-government organization [NGO] whose mission is to empower marginalized communities in Africa.
The protests happening across Nigeria are in response to the outcry from young people in the country who say the police unit known as the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) is responsible for kidnapping, harassment, and extortion, as Travel Noire previously reported.
Around the world, celebrities have spoken out against Lagos’s violence through the #EndSARS movement on social media, and not megastars, including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Burna Boy, and WizKid, are getting involved, too.