As Nigerians continue to protest across the country against police brutality, here’s how you can help

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Roads in major cities across the country have been blocked and cities close to shutdown as protesters enter the eighth day of protests in more than 100 cities across the country.

At least 10 people were killed, according to Amnesty, and dozens more injured, as police in some states fired live ammunition, tear gas and used water cannons at protesters.

Solidarity demonstrations have also taken place in London, Washington, Toronto and other countries around the world.

The government responded and said it had dissolved SARS and replaced it with a new tactical team known as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), but it did not end brutal policing because at least 10 people were killed by the country’s police during protests.

Some are calling for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police and those demonstrating say their demands have not been met.As the protests continue, here’s how people across the country are coordinating to make the movement run effectively and how you can help.

Volunteer your time and skills

From nationwide protests to others organized by diaspora communities in the UK, Germany, Canada and Germany, the movement has been supported by many people who have volunteered their time and services throughout working in unison.

So far, emergency medical teams, pro bono lawyers and mental health support have been provided on the ground to assist protesters as needed.

On Wednesday, the volunteer legal team helped secure the release of more than 80 demonstrators detained by police for participating in ongoing protests.
Mental health organization, creation of MentallyAware panic cards to help protesters who may have panic attacks as a result of protests. Additional medical assistance is also available in the field through emergency ambulances, physiotherapists and mental therapy.

Foodservice companies and individuals have provided full meals, snacks and water to support protesters across the country as they call on the government to reform the police and end SARS . Individuals also donated water and food packages to protest sites.

Tech volunteers have set up an automated messaging platform to draw the attention of senators to the needs of protesters.

To ensure the safety of the protesters, some of whom were attacked while the movement was peaceful, a police brutality report form was put in place.

Stay informed and express yourself

Thanks to the original hashtag #EndSARS, Nigerians on social media were able to bring the world’s attention to what is happening in this West African country.

Many hashtag variations of the same post to end police brutality have been trending daily for the past week or so, thanks to people spreading the message nonstop online.

This explanatory video detailing everything about the End SARS movement, broadcast templates for easy broadcast on instant messaging apps like Whatsapp and a flyer showing the 5 demands that activists want to see met are ways to get a head start on sharing what’s happening on all social media platforms.
A website has been set up to document accounts of the brutal experiences of Nigerian youth at the hands of the police. Flyers in several local languages were also created, all with the aim of shedding more light on the plight of young Nigerians and circulating information as freely as possible.

And to keep these online protests alive, free internet data is provided to keep online protesters connected.

Donate funds

Crowdfunding options have been put in place to provide food, health and legal services, security and other assistance to protesters.

At the forefront of this is the Feminist Coalition which has so far raised nearly 70 million Naira (roughly $ 180,000) and other currencies, including Bitcoin. Out of accountability, the organizers have been transparent in informing the public about how donated funds are used to help protesters on a daily basis.

Through crowdfunding, lawyers were sent to free protesters detained by police, medical bills for the injured were covered, food and other convenience items were provided to protesters. Private security was also organized for protesters across the country following a series of attacks by police and armed youths wielding machetes and sticks.

Join the prayer marches

People of faith have come together to pray for the nation, protesters and leaders to ensure that the purpose of the protests is realized and that the demands of young people are met.



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