Nigeria Protests – level 3

30-10-2020 15:00

In Nigeria, the uproar over police brutality has reached a boiling point after the military allegedly shot at peaceful protesters on October 20th. However, government officials claimed that there were no casualties.

Videos shot by protesters caught the sound of shooting as protesters sat on the ground chanting and waving Nigerian flags. A video also shows a soldier kicking at a barricade. However, the Nigerian army denied that there had been any soldiers at the scene.

In the past three years, Amnesty International recorded more than 80 incidents of police brutality, and they say that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, routinely used torture and brutality to get information from victims. SARS was disbanded in early October; however, protesters say that it will not solve the problem because the same officers will be moved to other newly formed units.

Difficult words: uproar (angry public criticism of something), boiling point (the moment when anger or excitement turns violent), barricade (a wall or other object to keep people or objects away from one another), disband (to break up an existing organization).

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