Nigerians protesting against the country’s mismanagement on Saturday, June 12, 2021 were attacked by police officers who fired tear gas canisters at them.
The protest, staged on the country’s Democracy Day, comes against a warning by the Nigerian government that Nigerians should stay away from protests because it could lead to breakdown of law and order.
The protesters who met as early as 8 a.m. WAT, were marching past Gudu District in Abuja, Nigeria‘s capital when they encountered the police officers.
The protesters were mainly youths. The Nigeria police have been known to disrupt peaceful protests by applying brute force.
During the #ENDSARS protests in 2020, there were several reports of police dispersing protesters with teargas.
On the second day of the #ENDSARS protests, an eyewitness protester told the BBC that she and other protesters had heard gunshots at the protest ground.
HumAngle reports that a coalition of civil rights groups had threatened to challenge the Nigerian government to international court if it used brute force on peaceful protesters.
A warning by the Nigerian government, urging citizens to desist from protesting had promoted the counter warning by the civic groups.
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