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People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020. Protests against Nigeria's police continued to rock the country for the eighth straight day Thursday as demonstrators marched through the streets of major cities, blocking traffic and disrupting business.
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11 Artists Supporting the #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Ending police brutality is key to achieving the United Nations’ Global Goal 16 of peace and justice. Join the movement by taking action with us here to help achieve the Global Goals and ensure that everyone can lead a just and peaceful life.

For nearly two weeks, protesters across Nigeria have demanded the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a division of the state’s police force that has been embroiled in allegations of extrajudicial murder, brutality, extortion, and other forms of criminal behavior for years. 

The government agreed to this demand on Sunday, when President Muhammadu Buhari announced that SARS would be disbanded

“The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms,” Buhari said in a televised statement. “We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct are brought to justice.”

But the protests continue because activists say the root problem of police brutality persists. Already, at least 10 people have been killed in the protests across the country and scores more have been arrested. The police have also charged the entertainment entrepreneur Ademola Ojabodu with killing a police officer, even though available footage contradicts this allegation.

The #EndSARS protests are connected in spirit to protests against state-sanctioned violence worldwide, whether it’s against the death squads in Brazil, no-knock SWAT teams in the US, or extrajudicial murders in the Philippines. Every time a police officer bludgeons or shoots a citizen without consequence, it further normalizes police brutality, and makes it more likely to occur in the future. The widespread nature of police violence around the world is an enormous obstacle standing in the way of efforts to achieve the United Nations' Global Goals.

As the #EndSARS protests enter a new phase calling for systemic reform, artists from Nigeria and around the world have raised their voices in support.

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Burna Boy

John Boyega

Tiwa Savage

Kanye West

Fireboy DML

Wizkid

Davido

Estelle

Rema

Noname

Chance the Rapper