Following the ongoing #endSARS protest in the country, Nigerians in diaspora have not been left out so far in the protest, as some Nigerian Youths residing in Belgium take to the streets of Avenue De Tervueren where the embassy is located,on Friday morning with cardboards and a letter which contained their demand.
Already the young protesters had earlier visited the embassy on Tuesday but were told that the ambassador was unavailable.
The youths on Friday were attended to by the Acting Ambassador,Francis Enya,he received their letters directed to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The letter contained condemnation of Police response to protesters demands across the country,these protesters include students,workers,and Nigerian- European citizens.
The letter reads:
“It is therefore ironic and unfortunate that what was intended as a peaceful campaign against police brutality has been repeatedly met with ruthless force by the police, who continue to deploy armored personnel carriers (APCs), water cannons, tear-gas, semi-automatic rifles and live rounds against harmless protesters, contrary to all contemporary Rules of Engagement. So far, about 14 (Fourteen) innocent persons have needlessly lost their lives to these excessive yet futile state-backed attempts at suppression,”
“We therefore unequivocally lend our voice to the ongoing domestic campaign and urge you to fall on the positive side of history by using your good office to prevail on the Government to consider and accede to the demands of the Nigerian people on this issue. In line with the 5for5 Declaration, our demands are as follows:
“The immediate release of all arrested protesters;
“Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families;
“Set up an independent body with the mandate to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct, brutality and fatality within 10 days;
“In line with the new Police Act, conduct psychological evaluation and retraining of all members of the Police Force (to be confirmed by an independent body); and
“Increase police salaries to compensate them for the important work of protecting lives and properties in Nigeria.”
Second picture: Copy of the letter submitted at the embassy (merged).