By Sarah Keane • 21 October 2020 • 15:49
SUPPORT for Nigeria’s #EndSARS campaign has gone global, with countries around the world speaking up.
It’s part of a now global campaign against a branch of Nigeria’s police called the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), who have been accused of torture, ill treatment and extra-judicial execution.
Ongoing concern about SARS’ activities led in 2017 to a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #EndSARS, which was successful in getting Nigeria’s police chief to order an immediate reorganisation of the anti-robbery unit.
The demonstrations brought major cities like Lagos and the capital Abuja to a standstill, threatening its already struggling economy.
The campaign has been publically supported by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, US rapper Kanye West and footballers Mesut Ozil and Marcus Rashford.
Britain has a very close relationship with Nigeria, but there has so far not been an official statement from the British government.
Since the start of the latest phase of #EndSARS, the hashtag has been tweeted thousands of times.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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