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FELA! on Broadway Provokes NYPD 'Cover-up'


Last week, New York's finest spent their time courageously protecting the public by painting over a mural inspired by  FELA! on Broadway.  The mural depicted the coffins that  Fela and his wives carry on stage with epitaph names such as  Sean Bell, Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, and institutions and global corporations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Halliburton, and Monsanto - as a way of remembering who the real victims and culprits of corruption and violence are. Inspired by the show, artist Alan Kets painted the image of the coffins on a wall in Inwood- with permission from the local grocery who owns it - and added to the tombstone list the NYPD as a way of  reacting to the recent spate of killings of innocent people at the hands of the police force.  The NYPD swiftly sent over two of eight on-duty officers from the 34th Precinct to paint the wall black. Locals, quoted in the full article here, questioned the use of resources (certainly there are more urgent needs, no?). And, of course, it's probably illegal to paint over private property. Fela's spirit certainly lives on - and so do his enemies: corruption, the abuse of power, and mindless tyranny.

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The African Union Condemns Violence Against #EndSARS Protesters in Nigeria

The African Union Commission chairperson has (finally) condemned the deadly violence against protesters calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. However, many feel the body's declaration is a little too late.

EWN reports that the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has "strongly condemned the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries." However, Mahamat's statement did not specifically denounce the actions of the security forces' actions. This past Tuesday, protesters calling for the disbandment of the infamous and an end to police brutality, were shot at by security forces at Lekki Toll Gate. The incident occurred shortly after an abrupt 24-hour curfew had been imposed by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the AU has called for all involved "political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law" and recommended that they "privilege dialogue".
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How Technology Is Playing a Crucial Role in the #EndSARS Protests

Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.