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Nigeria: Crackdown on Police Brutality Protests

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Click to expand Image Demonstrators protesting against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 15, 2020. © 2020 Sunday Alamba/AP Photo (Abuja) – Nigerian security forces have responded to overwhelmingly peaceful protests against police brutality with more violence and abuse. Nationwide protests began on October 8, 2020, calling on the authorities to abolish an abusive police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). In response, the police have shot tear gas, water cannons, and live rounds at protesters, killing at least four people and wounding many others. Armed thugs…

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