Nigerian protest organization Feminist Coalition is seeking bitcoin donations after authorities reportedly blocked the organization’s bank account over the EndSARS protest. The protests aim to expose police brutality in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.
October 15, 2020 | AtoZ Markets – Feminist Coalition, a Nigerian pro-EndSARS protest group is seeking donations in bitcoin after authorities reportedly deactivated the organization’s bank account. The Feminist Coalition, formed in July 2020, is one of the many groups spearheading protests against a Nigerian police unit, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).
Backed by the power of the state, the SARS or FSARS unit was formed in 1992 to combat armed robbery, kidnappings as well as other criminal activities. However, the rogue unit derailed from its core objectives. SARS have been accused of high-handedness, extortion, torture, unlawful detention, and extrajudicial killings, especially of young people who have a positive inclination to digital means of earning.
Feminist coalition’s bitcoin account has over 1 million in donations
Before blocking their bank accounts, Feminist Coalition says it had used the total sum of N37,355,149.48 ($97385.55) raised through donations to fund 90 protests across the country.
Meanwhile, Flutterwave, a Nigeria payments gateway, which kickstarted the initiative to raise funds to pay for medical bills of those injured in the EndSARS protests, appeared to have caved in to pressure from the government. Flutterwave’s unconfirmed decision to close the Feminist Coalition’s donation link is corroborated by reports that company executives were recently summoned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“For demanding an end to police brutality we are now under attack! Our bank account has been deactivated and so has the Flutterwave donation link. Our members’ lives are also being threatened,” the group said Tuesday in a post on Twitter.
As a result, the Feminist Coalition has urged Nigerians to donate via bitcoin since two of its donation channels have been diactivated.
Jack Dorsey supports Nigerian protest with Bitcoin donations
The EndSARS campaign quickly sparked global interest. For example, Twitter’s Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey has thrown his support behind the Nigerian protesters seeking an end to Police brutality and calling for reforms. Dorsey, a Bitcoin proponent, encouraged Bitcoiners to make BTC donations towards the fight against the SARS.
He tweeted, “Donate via Bitcoin to help,” while also retweeting a tweet from the Feminist Coalition informing people the methods to make contributions.
Meanwhile, the protest group’s bitcoin account has raised over 1 million in donations already.
Feminist coalition's bitcoin account already has over 1 million in donations already. The government think they're mad? Welcome to digital madness.— Elon Mosque (@That_IjebuBadoo) October 13, 2020
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu, has disbanded SARS on Sunday, October 11, 2020, and has replaced the unit with a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team to fill the gap. Still, the protests, which have led to the deaths of at least 10 persons have continued as protesters refuse to leave the streets as many see the changes as not enough to reform the police.
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