End SARS

social movement against police brutality in Nigeria

End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on Twitter. The movement asked the government to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (called SARS for short), which is part of the Nigerian Police Force.[2]

End SARS
Date2017 – present
Location
International, largely in Nigeria
Caused byKillings, assaults, and harassment by SARS officials in Nigeria; lack of freedom of expression
MethodsProtest, demonstrations, online activism, civil disobedience, marches
StatusOngoing
  • SARS unit dissolved on 11 October 2020
  • Protesting in 20 October 2020 led to several deaths.
Parties to the civil conflict

Protesters:
(no centralised leadership)

Casualties
Death(s)51 civilians,[1] 11 policemen,[1] 7 soldiers[1]
Official website

It supports ending police brutality and oppression in Nigeria. It started on social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand Nigeria's government stop using SARS on Nigerian people. The people were tired of being hurt by SARS officers.[3][4][5] SARS kept hurting Nigerians and in 2020 there were very big protests.[6] Many Nigerians came to the protests, but the government beat up and shot the protesters.[7] On one day, the government killed about 30 protesters in Lagos.[8][9] People all over the world started protesting too.[10] Many people in the movement are now protesting not just SARS but the whole Nigerian government.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Nigeria protests: President Buhari says 69 killed in unrest". BBC. 23 October 2020. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020.
  2. Kingsley, Omonobi (4 December 2017). "Anti-SARS campaign: IG orders investigation of anti-robbery squad". Vanguard Newspaper. Kingsley Omonobi & Joseph Erunke. Nigeria. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  3. Salaudeen, Aisha (15 December 2017). "Nigerians want police's SARS force scrapped". Aljazeera. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  4. "End SARS as a Mob Project". Nigeria: Thisday Newspapers Limited. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. Ogundipe, Samuel (3 December 2017). "#EndSARS: Police mum as Nigerians recount atrocities of Special Anti-Robbery Squad". Nigeria: Premium Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  6. "#EndSARS #EndSWAT". Jamaica LANDS. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  7. "Nigeria: Killing of #EndSARS protesters by the military must be investigated". Amnesty International. 21 October 2020.
  8. "MushinToTheWorld". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  9. "Killing of #EndSARS protest by the military must be investigatedAn on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters yesterday at two locations in Lagos. The killings took place in Lekki and Alausa, where thousands were protesting police brutality as part of the #EndSars movement". www.amnesty.org. 21 October 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  10. "10 cities where #EndSARS protests have happened across the world". Pulse Nigeria. 2020-10-12. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  11. "#EndSARS protests in Nigeria show that the youth wants change, now". gal-dem. 2020-10-16. Retrieved 2020-10-22.