Beyoncé is speaking out in favor of the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.
Wednesday on Instagram, the “Lemonade” singer shared a message of solidarity with the demonstrators.
“I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS,” the musician wrote.
“We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter.”
She concluded, “To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand with you.”
On her website, the 39-year-old shared links to Feminist Coalition, a group of Nigerian feminists whose mission is to champion equality in the African country, and Connected Development (CODE), a non-governmental organization that aims to empower marginalized communities.
Recently, protests have broken out demanding that the Nigerian government disband a rogue police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which allegedly robs, tortures, and kills young people believed to have money.
Though President Muhammadu Buhari agreed last week to dismantle SARS, many believe that his actions are hollow and that a new police unit would be equally as menacing.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Nigerian security forces shot at Lagos demonstrators who were denouncing police brutality. Though it is unclear how many innocent civilians have died, witnesses report that they saw people being killed.
The newspaper also cites an uncorroborated report where an anonymous police officer said 11 people had died.