“End SARS” protesters gathered at Dallas City Hall – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

"End SARS" protesters gathered at Dallas City Hall - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Anger is growing over the gunfire of peaceful protesters in Nigeria.

Nearly 70 people have been killed in two weeks of demonstrations against police brutality.

The unrest sparked protests in Dallas on Saturday to express solidarity with those fighting a battle they say is cross-border.

Hundreds of people gathered outside Dallas City Hall to raise awareness of what is happening in Nigeria, where conflict intensified this week.

Tuesday, Nigerian security forces were reported to have killed at least ten peaceful protesters.

This came after days of demonstrations against the Nigerian Special Anti-Theft Division, widely known as SARS, a notorious police unit accused of torture and murder.

Online protests have spread all over the world from Beyoncé, which she described as “senseless brutality” to Rihanna and Idris Elba.

In Dallas, the names of those killed in the unrest were read aloud on Saturday to an audience full of people and their families there.

“The thing that really shocked me was the fact that I would have easily been there,” said 19-year-old Aaron Lawson, who said he left Nigeria when he was 11.

Lauren Perabel is the first Nigerian American elected to the Texas legislature.

Much of her family lives in Nigeria. She said we should all care about what’s going on there.

The things we cherish even as Americans, it is all rightfully violated. “Human rights are really what this battle is about and what is at stake,” Perabel said.

Nigeria is the economic powerhouse of Africa with a population of 200 million. Texas is home to more Nigerian citizens than any other state.

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