American singer, Beyonce has condemned the massacre of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate shooting on Tuesday, October 20.
Tuesday, October 20 has been dubbed #BlackTuesday in the country following the mass shooting that occurred in Lekki area of Lagos State. Several celebrities have taken to social media criticize the government for deploying armed forces to disperse peaceful protesters.
The Grammy-award winning songstress, Beyoncé has backed the #EndSARS protests and also used her platform to solicit for funds to support the movement.
Beyonce in a statement said she is heartbroken to see the senseless brutality in Nigeria.
There has to be an end to SARS,” she said.
The 24 times Grammy Award winner said she has been working with some youth organisations to support those protesting.
“We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter,” she said. “To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand with you.”
Read the statement published on her social media page below;
On her website, the singer lists the organisations she has partnered with which include the Feminist Coalition, the group of Nigerian women that has been leading organisation for the protest in Nigeria and Connected Development, a non-governmental organisation in Nigeria focused on local communities.
Beyonce’s statement comes after she had been called on by her Nigerian collaborator Tiwa Savage to lend her voice to the movement.
The incident caused pandemonium in the area as protesters scampered to safety.
Earlier on Tuesday; at least seven persons were killed and several others also injured; during a clash between protesting youths and policemen from the Olosan police station in the Mushin area of Lagos.
The injured victims are receiving treatment at the General Hospital in the area.