Sunday, 26 May 2013
Kano: “Tahrir Square” Protest Turns Violent, 42 Hurt; Christians And Muslims Said To Reach Mutual Protection Agreement
The peaceful “Tahrir Square” fuel subsidy protest at the Silver Jubilee roundabout in Kano has sadly turned violent tonight, with armed police attacking the young activists. Reports say that 42 people have so far been injured, with seven of them taken to a nearby hospital.
VIDEO KANO PROTESTERS BEFORE THE POLICE INVADED THE PROTEST
The “Tahrir Square” rallying point in Kano, referred to as the “bedrock” of Occupy Nigeria, quickly became an encampment for protesters who were attempting to spend the night to demand the return of the fuel subsidy withdrawn by the government of Goodluck Jonathan on New Year’s Day.
Information reaching SaharaReporters says that police have begun shooting tear gas on the activists.
Meanwhile, SaharaReporters has also learned of an agreement between Muslims and Christians in Kano to work together to oppose the subsidy removal and ensure the peaceful protest in that regard does not degenerate into religious division.
An unconfirmed report on the agreement says the protest leaders agreed that the Muslim protesters would protect non-Muslims and escort them to their places of worship and vice-versa, and that a register to that effect has opened in the city.
As a product of the new understanding, we have learned that on Wednesday, Christians provided protection for Muslims during their afternoon prayer.