Beyoncé, Rihanna and several other musicians, including Missy Elliott, Big Sean and Burna Roy are tweeting out the #EndSARS hashtag, stepping up the call to end police brutality in Nigeria.
The widespread move by the artists and people from several walks of life is intended to urge the Nigerian government to break-up the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) after the unit of the Nigerian police beat a man to death and recent clashes between protesters and police over the demand for disbanding SARS.
“I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS,” Beyoncé wrote on Instagram. “We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change.”
She added, “We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter. To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand by you.”
Rihanna condemned “torture and brutalization” by those “put in place to protect.”
According to a CNN report, protests in the capital of Lagos got bloody on Tuesday amid a state-wide curfew after two weeks of ongoing street demonstrations.