Nigeria: Police Fire Tear Gas In ‘Democracy Day’ Protests

Nigeria: Police Fire Tear Gas In ‘Democracy Day’ Protests

Nationwide protests were called over bad governance, insecurity, and the recent Twitter ban, among other issues.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Nationwide protests were called over bad governance, insecurity, and the recent Twitter ban, among other issues.
  • A detachment of police and army broke up the crowd using tear gas, reporters at the scene said, adding that some journalists were harassed by the security forces.
  • Police had said the protests were unauthorized and AFP reporters said they saw several people being detained.
  • Officers were also seen smashing mobile phones confiscated from protesters, some of whom criticized the government’s decision to suspend access to Twitter after the social media platform removed a post by Buhari.
  • President Buhari, a former General, first elected as president in 2015, has been under pressure over growing insecurity in Africa’s most populous nation, home to more than 200 million people.
  • The protests were the first to take place simultaneously in several cities since the #EndSARS movement against police brutality in October grew into the largest anti-government rallies in Nigeria’s modern history.

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