USA: Anti-SARS protesters rally against Nigerian police brutality in DC

Protesters joined a demonstration in Washington DC on Sunday to decry police brutality in Nigeria and demand a change of government in the country. Demonstrators carried Nigerian flags and banners with messages such as «#EndSARSNow!» and «No Justice, No Peace, Say Their Names» as they marched towards the United States Capitol. Protesters chanted slogans against Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of being a «murderer» and of deploying the army to repress protesters. «In America, in every other country, if you commit a crime, they arrest you. Nigerians shoot you. They will kill you for having an iPhone,» one protest speaker said. Demonstrations against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit have been taking place in Nigeria in the past weeks after a video was released showing a man allegedly being killed by one of its members. The protest was part of the 'End SARS' movement, which has been going on for close to two weeks both on the streets and online in Nigeria, and around the world. The SARS unit was disbanded on October 11 but the protests have continued with demonstrators demanding general law enforcement reforms and governmental change. On Friday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said at least 69 people had been killed in the unrest so far, while looting has reportedly broken out in Lagos, as well as other Nigerian cities, over the weekend.

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