Demonstrators took to the streets of the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday in defiance of a police ban on protests relating to the kidnappings of more than 300 schoolgirls, of whom 272 remain captive. (June 3)
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Abuja, Nigeria - 3 June 2014
1. Various of protesters marching on the street, singing and carrying banners and posters reading (English) "Bring Our Girls Back"
2. Protesters chanting UPSOUND: (English) "The people united can never be defeated!"
3. Various of exteriors of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory
4. Various of protesters outside court house reading paper with a front page article on the police ban on protests in Abuja
5. Various of activists wearing red shirts, with slogans reading (English) "We are from Chibok" and "Bring Back Our Girls"
6. Various, protesters singing and marching on the street.
Demonstrators took to the streets of the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday in defiance of a police ban on protests relating to the kidnappings of more than 300 schoolgirls, of whom 272 remain captive.
Nigerian activists pressing the government to rescue the schoolgirls filed a complaint Tuesday against the police ban on protests.
"It's so saddening really, it's so depressing at this age and era somebody can just wake up and say they have banned all peaceful protests relating to a particular thing, something as sensitive as over 200 girls been abducted," said activist Aisha Yesufu.
The protests have "degenerated" and are "now posing a serious security threat," Abuja police commissioner Joseph Mbu said in a statement Monday banning all protests related to the topic.
Yesufu pointed out that it was 50 days since the girls were abducted from the town of Chibok by members of the extremist Boko Haram group.
"It's so sad. All we are saying to the government is just wake up and do what you are supposed to do. We are in this together, we are working together, all we want are these girls back home. If they don't want me to protest all they can simply do is bring back the girls now and alive," she said.
The kidnapping crisis has highlighted Nigeria's failure to curb Boko Haram's uprising.