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US News Curfew in Lagos after violence on the sidelines of peaceful protests

18:30  20 october  2020
18:30  20 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Violence took place the peaceful protest of Nigerian youth against power. Clashes that the demonstrators attribute to thugs. A 24-hour curfew has been declared in Lagos, starting on Tuesday afternoon.

Violent incidents broke out in the morning of Tuesday, October 20 at Nigeria , on the sidelines of youth demonstrations against the power, especially in Lagos. A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in the country's economic capital.

"The peaceful demonstrations have degenerated into a monster which threatens the well-being of our society" explained the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Twitter, specifying that the curfew would start at 4 pm h (local time) this Tuesday.

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This protest, which arose in early October on Nigerian social networks, for denouncing police violence , has gradually spread to claims against the central power and bad governance.

"No sign of the peaceful movement"

Lagos, populated by 20 million inhabitants, was totally paralyzed as of Tuesday morning, its main roads blocked, and schools closed by the authorities the day before.

Several roadblocks were erected on the axes connecting the islands of Lagos to the rest of the city by groups of very angry young people who prevented cars from passing, noted an AFP journalist. No sign of the peaceful movement, which began eleven days ago in the big cities of the south of the country, was brandished at these roadblocks.

In the center of the city, a police station was set on fire in the morning in Orile Iganmu, according to several demonstrators joined by AFP, who attribute the responsibility for the fire to thugs. Several shots were fired, according to these sources.

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Machete attacks on protesters

Clashes also broke out in the federal capital Abuja, where the police have been deployed, an AFP journalist noted. Several houses were set on fire, thick black smoke rose above the city.

The day before, three people had died and several cars had been set on fire, according to the city's police spokesman to AFP, Mariam Yusuf.

Dozens of men armed with machetes and knives attacked the demonstrators, according to Amnesty International and witnesses. "The protest is not a crime and the Nigerian authorities must protect the demonstrators and all Nigerians", tweeted the international NGO, which fears that these "thugs" are "sponsored".

Since the start of the protest, at least 18 people, including two police officers, have died, according to an AFP count established using figures from Amnesty International and the police.

So far, most of the marches have been peaceful, with young people marching, singing, dancing, and holding up signs.

With AFP

Nigeria: Buhari calls for peace but does not mention the intervention of the army .
© REUTERS / Temilade Adelaja In Lagos, peaceful chain of young demonstrators from an official building despite the curfew on the 20th October, in protest against military violence. The political power multiplies the gestures of appeasement and the press releases, after a chaotic week across the country - marked on Tuesday October 20 by the intervention of the army against a peaceful rally in Lagos, then by a wave of looting and degradations in many states.

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