Bloody repression of a demonstration in Nigeria

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The European Union has expressed concern about the serious disturbances in Nigeria, where the policeman suppressed Tuesday night with a shooting citizen protests against police brutality, causing dozens of dead, as reported International Amnesty, which is still trying to “determine the exact number” of deaths.

“It is alarming to learn that several people have died and others have been injured in the protests underway against the Special Squad Against Theft (SARS),” said the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, through a statement.

The European bloc has indicated that it is “crucial” that those responsible for police abuses are brought to justice and pay for it. After the authorities have said that they will dissolve the controversial SARS unit, the EU has sent a message for the Nigerian Executive to comply with the promised reforms. The general secretary of the HIM-HER-IT, Antonio Guterres, also called for an end to police “brutality” in Nigeria.

Contradictory versions

The Nigerian city of Lagos, the most populated in the country, is the scene of important unrest after the death of an unknown number of protesters against police violence at the hands of agents in front of a local police station. Up to 1,000 people demonstrated Tuesday afternoon for the 10th day in a row.

While the local press and Amnesty International have denounced the deaths of dozens of protesters, the political authorities have given a contrary version, stating that only one would be killed and 25 injured in the shooting. “There were no deaths, contrary to what social networks say,” said the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a message on Twitter that he ended up deleting.

The disturbances, the most serious recorded to date in the framework of the protests, broke out hours after the governor of Lagos announced the imposition of a curfew because of the “anarchy” registered in the framework of the mobilizations against police brutality. Faced with the protesters’ decision to continue protesting the police abuses, the officers responded by firing live ammunition.

The shootings and clashes have continued this Wednesday, including the burning of the headquarters of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), where firefighters are working to try to contain the flames, with no information on victims for now. The Nigerian community in South Africa has taken to the streets to denounce the situation in their country.

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