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‘Protect Citizens Right To Protest’- Amnesty International Tells FG

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Global human rights group, Amnesty International, has asked the Federal Government to protect the right of citizens to peaceful protest.

The group in a string of tweets said security operatives must refrain from use of force on protesters like it had occurred last October during the #EndSARS protests against police brutality.

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It wrote, “Reports say, Armed policemen surround #LekkiTollGate ahead of Saturday’s protests.

“Amnesty international is calling on all Nigerian authorities to demonstrate commitment to protect the right to peaceful protest. Previous attempts by security agents to repress peaceful protests have led to human rights violations and abuses. #LekkiTollGate.

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“The Nigerian govt. must ensure that when protesters exercise their right to freedom of assembly, it must be without fear of harassment or attacks by hoodlums or others opposed to the protests. Security operatives must refrain from excessive use of force on protesters. #EndSARS.”

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Subsequently, hashtags such as #OccupyLekkiTollgate and counter-protest hashtags such as #DefendLagos and #DemNoBornYourPapaWell trended online.

Though #DefendLagos group has pulled out of their planned protest.

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