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Beyoncé is the most recent superstar becoming a member of the #endSARS motion in assist of the Nigerian protesters talking out in opposition to the Particular Anti-Theft Squad’s brutality. “I am heartbroken to see the mindless brutality going down in Nigeria. There must be an finish to SARS,” Beyoncé acknowledged in an Instagram submit on Oct. 21. “We’ve got been engaged on partnerships with youth organizations to assist these protesting for change. We’re collaborating with coalitions to supply emergency healthcare, meals and shelter. To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand by you.”
Along with her submit, Beyoncé added links on her website to the organizations followers can assist, together with Feminist Coalition, which champions equality for ladies in Nigerian society, and Connected Development, which works to empower marginalized communities in Africa.
Whereas the #endSARS hashtag dates again to 2017, extra lately, it has been utilized in relation to nationwide protests in opposition to police brutality in response to SARS allegedly capturing and killing a younger Nigerian man. For years, SARS has been accused of numerous illegal arrests and different abuses, together with the Oct. 20 killing of 12 Nigerian protestors. Different celebrities who’ve spoken out about SARS embrace Trevor Noah, current presidential candidate Joe Biden, and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.