Jack Dorsey Advocates Ending Police Brutality in Nigeria Through Bitcoin
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of social media giant Twitter, has joined the drive directed at dispersing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and putting an end to Nigerian police brutality. In a tweet on October 14, 2020, Jack requested all concerned Twitter users to make contributions via Bitcoin to help a feminist coalition that aims to end injustices in Nigeria through fundraising, non-violent protests, and social media activism.
Jack Asked People To Donate Bitcoin to Help End SARS
The Twitter CEOs request is one of many made by several international groups, institutions, and personalities from around the world. Jack tweeted:
The donation website he connected to is managed by a group of Nigerian feminists currently focusing on protests against the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) through rallies, fundraising, and social media.
Ray Youssef, CEO of popular African Peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace Paxful, also supported the #endSARS hashtag. He has condemned the Nigerian police for brutally targeting young people for simply using cryptocurrency. He tweeted:
Demonstrations Began in Nigeria on October 4
The demonstrations started in Nigeria on October 4 with many young people taking to the streets to oppose police brutality in the country and call for the dismissal of SARS, with the trending #endSARS hashtag.
The protest in Nigerian cities had spread after weeks of online complaints posted by young people in the country over claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by police units identified as SARS. Protests recapitulated after the inspector general of police declared on Sunday that the unit was being dismissed and its officers transferred.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has always been a notable supporter of Bitcoin. In fact, his payment company, Square, had recently purchased $50 million worth of BTC, which coincided with a price increase for the digital currency.
In the month of September 2020, Jack had said that the internet is something that is consensus-driven and is developed by everyone and allows anyone to modify its content and direction. Bitcoin has the same patterns as it was developed on the internet and anyone with a brilliant conception can join in its development, Jack told Reuters in an interview. In the past, he has also said that Bitcoin is “probably the best” primary currency of the internet since it also “consensus-driven” and “built by everyone.”