What to know About Nigeria’s #EndSARS protests And How Nigerians are Reacting to the Protest Now

Protests against police violence in Nigeria show no sign of stopping as thousands continue to take to the streets despite announcements of reforms by the government.

The demonstrations erupted this month and were initially focused on abolishing the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), accused of unlawful detention, extortion and extra-judicial killings.

But after the government announced the unit would be dissolved, thousands of mainly young protesters have remained out on the streets pushing for genuine change in the country.

Why did the protests start?

In early October a video spread on social media showing what looked like a SARS officer attacking a man in Delta state.

The video was shared massively in the country of 200 million people and thousands started sharing their own stories of police abuse online.

“Nigerian youth have campaigned against SARS for years,” Bulama Bukarti wrote for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

But the recent video “resonated with thousands across the country and led to youth pouring out en masse onto the streets.”

 ROPC 2020

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