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Prison set on fire in Nigeria as protest death toll rises to at least 56

October 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. After 13 days of protests against police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos Nigeria???s largest city as moves are made to stop growing violence. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

At least 56 people have died across Nigeria since the #EndSARS protests began on October 8, with 38 killed across the country on Tuesday alone, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

(CNN)At least 56 people have died across Nigeria since the #EndSARS protests began on October 8, with 38 killed across the country on Tuesday alone, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

"I saw people jumping out and the fire is getting really crazy, everywhere the clouds were dark," she told CNN.

Multiple eyewitnesses and Amnesty International told CNN that at least 12 demonstrators had been shot dead at Lekki toll gate and another site on Tuesday by Army soldiers, who then took the bodies away.

Darlington, a 23-year-old who spoke to CNN on condition that only his first name was used, said he saw many victims being shot.

Multiple witnesses told CNN they saw the army take the bodies away.

Eyewitnesses at the Alausa protest ground told the human rights group they were attacked by a team of soldiers and policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Unit at about 8 p. m. local time, leaving at least two people dead and one critically injured.

"Soldiers clearly had one intention -- to kill without consequences," said the country director of Amnesty International, Osai Ojigho, in a statement on Wednesday.

In the United States, between 150 and 200 people walked peacefully from the Consulate General of Nigeria in Midtown Manhattan toward the United Nations building, said Shola Tijani, a student in New York who was at the protest.

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