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#JusticePourTheo is a Stand Against Racist Police Brutality in France

Protests have erupted in a northern Paris suburb, after a 22-year-old black man was brutally attacked by police.

Yesterday, we shared a video which put an African lens on wide-spread police brutality against black people in America. But today we're reminded—in the words of Malcolm X—that "it's not just an American problem, but a world problem."


In France last Thursday, a 22-year-old black man by the name of Theo, was stopped by four police officers in his Paris suburb. They hurled racial slurs at him before brutally attacking him and sodomizing him with a baton.

In an interview with French media station, BFM, Theo stated that after the officers "drove the baton into his buttocks," they asked him to sit down, but when he was not able to do so, due to the injuries he had sustained, the officers teargassed him and continued to physically assault him.

"I had no strength left. It was as if my body had left myself. I thought I was going to die," he said. Theo underwent extensive surgery for the injuries that he sustained as a result. His doctor has deemed him unfit to work for the next 60 days, Al Jazeera reports.

The officers, who claimed they arrested Theo "after hearing calls characteristic of lookouts at drug-dealing sites," have been indicted on charges of rape and assault.

On Monday, people took to the streets of the northern Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois to demand justice for Theo.

 

This follows the death of Adama Traoré, the 24-year-old son of African immigrants, who died last year while in police custody. His death led to civil unrest in the French town of Beaumont-sur-Oise and Black Lives Matter protests throughout Paris.

 

Whether in America or France, all black lives matter in the struggle against police brutality.

IT'S A WORLD PROBLEM.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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