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Massive crowds help swell Nigeria police brutality protest

Massive crowds help swell 
Nigeria police brutality protest

AFP
Lagos
Nigerians flocked on to the streets of the biggest city Lagos on Saturday to join mounting protests against police brutality.
More than 10,000 demonstrators clogged roads, bringing the centre of the usually traffic-filled economic hub to a standstill.
Many protesters brandished the green-and-white Nigerian flag as they filled a major stretch of highway in the megacity of 20 million people.
Anger over abuses by the police’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted into widespread demonstrations last week, forcing the government to scrap the unit.
The crowds have continued to grow despite the announcement of a string of reforms from the rattled authorities.
The protests are the biggest display of people power in years in Nigeria as young people demand more sweeping changes. On Friday evening a mammoth crowd gathered at a toll gate that has become the epicentre of the protests in Lagos to hold a vigil for those killed by police.
Demonstrators held their mobile phone torches aloft as they called for accountability after decades of widespread mistreatment by law enforcement.
Nigeria’s authorities have set up a new SWAT unit to replace SARS and pledged to hold officers who have committed abuses accountable.

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