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Celebrities Join Global Protests Over Police Brutality In Nigeria
US rapper Kanye West has joined a growing list of celebrities speaking out in support of people in Nigeria who are currently protesting against police brutality.
I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria— ye (@kanyewest) October 12, 2020
The protests 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.
Demonstrations continued after the inspector general of police recently announced that the unit was being disbanded and its officers redeployed.
Celebrities including singer Trey Songz, former professional footballer Rio Ferdinand, and “Star Wars” actor John Boyega are also supporting those protesting the controversial police unit.
Police brutality here in America often is an abuse of power driven by race. To be brutalized, extorted and murdered by your own people is unimaginable. Prayers up and I’m researching ways I can help. #EndSARS— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) October 10, 2020
The Nigerian diaspora community from around the world are organizing protests in solidarity with their counterparts at home.
#EndSARS protests have taken place in Canada, England, Germany, and the United States so far.