Thursday, October 22, 2020

Nigeria unrest spreads after shooting of protesters


 Buildings in Nigeria's main city of Lagos were torched on Wednesday and sporadic clashes erupted after the shooting of peaceful protesters in which Amnesty International said security forces had killed several people.

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Witnesses said gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people on Tuesday evening to disperse them after a curfew was imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances. 

"We were all sitting down, peacefully, and they shut down the lights and the billboards, everyone started screaming," a protester called Toye told AFP, asking that her full name not be used. 

"They came to us, but I don't know who it was. They were shooting, and everyone was running for his life."

Pictures and videos showing scenes of chaos in the aftermath of the shooting were widely shared on social media.

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