Communist Party of Britain: “condemn the arbitrary killings of young peaceful protesters in Nigeria”

The Communist Party has issued a statement following reports from international contacts about the shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria, on Tuesday (20 October 2020):

The Communist Party of Britain condemns the arbitrary killings of young peaceful protesters in Nigeria yesterday (October 20), protesters who were demanding the disbanding of a militarised police unit that has previously used unwarranted violence. The CPB offers its solidarity to all working people and trade unionists in Nigeria who have for two generations been struggling against the legacy of colonialism and the continued dominance of external corporate interests of which the biggest are the British-based oil multinationals. The CPB offers its condolences to the families of those killed and urges support for progressive and labour movement forces in Nigeria.”

At least 12 peaceful protesters are thought to have been killed in Tuesday’s violence by government security forces. The Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has promised justice for the victims but the denial of involvement by the security forces has prompted further public outcry. Violence and protests have continued in the Nigerian capital and the situation remains tense today.

Challenge News Desk

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