Nigerians are demanding an end to police brutality and the tyrannical reign of one of its anti-robbery units, SARS. Over the past week, protests have swept across the country in response to the unlawful killing of a young Nigerian citizen in Ughelli, Delta State. From Lagos to Imo State, Nigerians, particularly the youth are decisively and audaciously calling for the disbandment of SARS and for nationwide police reform to curtail further killings and harassment of its citizens.
The #EndSARS hashtag has resurfaced yet again, but this time around, our voices are being amplified all over the world, with Nigerians in the diaspora who have joined arms in disrupting the news cycle and causing enough noise on social media to gain the attention of the Nigerian government and international media houses. As many states in the nation enter their fourth day of protests, Nigerians in the diaspora are busy scheduling ways to peacefully iterate the efforts of their comrades in the country.
A journalist in the US, Adenike (@Deenike) has created a new hashtag #EndSARSProtestsDiaspora to simplify the process for Nigerians in the diaspora to source information on joining the protests happening in their cities. Here is what you need to know about the protests being held in Europe and America this weekend.
Protestors are being handled carelessly by law enforcers, so please be careful while you’re out. Before you find the protest nearest you, here are some handy tips for those who are going out to protest today:
In case of tear gas:
1. Cover as much of your body with clothes. Wear swimming goggles to protect eyes
2. Water (poured slowly) or saline solution (sold in pharmacies) to flush eyes. It can be poured into smaller containers and distributed
3. Face towel to clean nose.#EndSars
— Nur (@Nurlalah) October 10, 2020
There are currently protests being held in Pretoria, South Africa in solidarity with the #EndSARS movement. You can find more information here.
The Nigerian Embassy in South Africa wanted to crush the #EndSarsProtests in Pretoria so they called the SA police to come take my people away.
— Ayo Sogunro – #Transformist (@ayosogunro) October 9, 2020
There is a peaceful protest being held in London this Sunday in solidarity with Nigerians back at home speaking up against the injustices of SARS.
Sunday at 12PM it is!! Nigeria 🇳🇬 High Commission London.
Let’s all come out and amplify our voices and demand change
— MOELOGO (@moelogo) October 9, 2020
Consulate General of Nigeria
8060 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30350
— ak (@kayodeA___) October 9, 2020
A protest will be held in New York on Sunday at the Nigerian embassy in the city.
NEW YORK, Nigerians are protesting Police Brutality on Sunday! #EndSarsNow #EndSarsProtests are going to the Nigerian Embassy. Contact @bolab33 for more information. Diaspora folks in NY and allies please show up and show out. pic.twitter.com/2mDKVktNsa
— #EndSARSNow (@Deenike) October 9, 2020
Those attending should please check out the protest routes below.
— PJ (@petahjay_) October 10, 2020
Those in the DMV area, there will be a protest held in Washington D.C on Sunday.
— Olatunde Bakare #ENDSARS (@Backarray) October 9, 2020
A protest is being held in Toronto today and more information will be updated shortly on the Ottawa protests.
— ‘Tunde Omotoye (@TundeTASH) October 9, 2020
Protests are being organised in Istanbul. Please state your interest here.
— KENDRICK (@Pwill_carter) October 9, 2020
A protest is being held in Berlin on Sunday.
#EndSARS protest in Berlin would be held on sunday, 11th October at the nigerian embassy in Berlin. address: Neue Jakobstraße 4, 10179. time: 12pm!!!! please pass this on! if you’re in berlin, come one, come all!! #EndSARS #EndSARSProtest
— afọpẹ́fólúwa (@abstractsth) October 9, 2020
A protest may be held on Tuesday, the 13th of October.
Nigerians in Switzerland willing to march to U.N headquarters in Geneva please hit me up..#EndSarsProtests #
— GT Emmanuel Nyeche LL.M (@godstimenyeche) October 9, 2020
A protest is being held in Ghana on Tuesday.
— NKWOR EMEKE BEST (@BestEmeke) October 10, 2020
There will be protests holding in Ajah, Surulere, TBS, Festac and Mowe on Sunday morning.
Ajah Underbridge tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/IIqotKP5gk
— ONOMZ (@merakibyonome) October 10, 2020
On Tuesday 13th October, 2020 at 10am I will be leading my first peaceful March to the Nigerian High Commision here in Nairobi, Kenya.
Please RT & Share pic.twitter.com/n5qkCv8HMj
— Miracle 👑 (@its_Miracs) October 11, 2020
It not a crime to be a youth!!!
— #EndSARS (@Ola_fimihan) October 10, 2020
— OLA 💫 #EndSARS (@Midebaby_) October 11, 2020
If you’re in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state
Please come out tomorrow
— Godson#endsars (@Godson49205720) October 11, 2020
— SKALES (@youngskales) October 11, 2020
At the moment, more Nigerians in the diaspora are setting up peaceful protests through the right channels so please revisit this post for more updates this weekend. We’ll continue to update this story and share useful resources as we find them.
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