‘The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are core democratic principles’ — US Govt

peaceful protesters
President Donald Trump

The United States Government has strongly condemned the #LekkiMassacre of anti-police brutality peaceful protesters in Lagos on Tuesday October 20 by men of the Nigerian Army.

According to the US government, an immediate investigation should be carried out and urged that those involved should be held accountable.

Read the statement;

“The United States strongly condemns the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos, causing death and injury.

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“We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.

“Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.

“The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles.

“We call on the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights and for demonstrators to remain peaceful. We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families.”

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