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Rihanna, Beyoncé, and more speak out in support of the #ENDSARS campaign

Figures from the worlds of music, film, fashion, and sport have been speaking out in solidarity with Nigerian protestors

Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Kanye West are among the artists who have expressed their support for Nigeria’s #EndSARS campaign following brutality against protestors this week.

On Tuesday, security forces in Lagos, Nigeria opened fire on a crowd of hundreds of people who had gathered to protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), killing at least 12 and wounding many more, according to The Premium Times newspaper. 

Videos circulating on social media appear to show live rounds being shot into the crowd by Logas security forces. Parts of the incident were also live-streamed on instagram by DJ Switch.

As footage and images from the scene began circulating on social media, figures from the worlds of music, film, fashion, and sport have been speaking out in solidarity with the protestors. 

“I can’t bare to see this torture and brutalisation that is continuing to affect nations across our planet!” Rihanna wrote on Twitter and Instagram Stories beneath a Nigerian flag emoji. “It’s such a betrayal to the citizens, the very people put in place to protect are the ones we are most afraid of being murdered by! My heart is broken for Nigeria man!! It is unbearable to watch! I’m so proud of your strength and not letting up on the fight for what’s right! #ENDSARS.”

Beyoncé wrote: “I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS.”

“We have been working on partnerships with youth organisations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food, and shelter. To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand with you.”

John Boyega posted on Instagram writing, “I don’t know what to say. To wage such war on your own people...They must pay,” while Tinie Tempah tweeted: “The Nigerian government has failed. Innocent people are losing their lives. All human beings deserve to live without fear of police brutality or intimidation. The world cant be silent whilst innocent people are being murdered whilst protesting.”

Boxer Anthony Joshua said he was exploring donations to support local hospitals and provide food packages. “This was never a trend for me! It's real life and I want to learn how to make lasting change.” 

See more of the support below and find out more about ways in which to help the people of Nigeria here.