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Kanye West and other stars join global protests over police brutality in Nigeria

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

US rapper Kanye West has joined a growing list of international celebrities speaking out in support of large protests against police brutality in Nigeria.

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)US rapper Kanye West has joined a growing list of international celebrities speaking out in support of large protests against police brutality in Nigeria.

"I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria," West tweeted Monday.

The protests in cities across Nigeria came after weeks of outcry online from young people in the country over claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by a police unit known as the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

Using the hashtag #EndSARS on social media, international celebrities joined Nigerians in the campaign to end police brutality in all its forms.

Blessing Timidi Digha, one of the protesters who was present on both days, told CNN the demonstrators' demands included justice for those brutalized by the police unit, reform of the police and an end to all forms of police brutality.

But protests continued in Lagos, Abuja and Kwara on Monday, with young Nigerians saying they would continue to take to the streets until the entire police force was reformed.

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