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Pro-Trump Rally in Nigeria: 65+ Arrested, 11 Allegedly Killed by Security Forces

A pro-independence movement in Nigeria hopes to get support from the new U.S. president.

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A pro-Donald Trump rally held Friday in Port Harcourt, in the southeast of Nigeria, ended with the arrest of at least 65 protesters, according to local police, while organizers initially claimed more than 200 people went missing after the protests and local media reported 11 people killed at the rally, both claims police denied.

The protest occurred in the region of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, sparking a two-and-a-half year civil war that ended after a federal blockade that starved up to 3 million Biafrans during the course of the war, and was organized by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which continues to advocate Biafran independence. IBOP hopes that Donald Trump will support the group's efforts at self-determination, and reportedly threw their support behind him early in the process. After Brexit, Yahoo News reports, IBOP advocated for a "Biafrexit" vote on the issue of Biafran independence.

Local police insisted the protest was "unlawful" because the demonstrators did not have permits—the protesters' defenders point to the Nigerian constitution's guarantee of the right to peaceful assembly. "The last time I checked, that section of the constitution is still intact and has not been amended. It is therefore worrisome and that the rights of a section of Nigerians would be so wilfully denied with such extra force," Senator Enyinnaya Abarib said, according to Nigeria Today. "If the report of killings by the security agencies were to be confirmed, it would no doubt leave a gaping hole in the unity of this country."

Back in October, at least two Ugandan youths were arrested after a group from the Uganda Young Democrats, the youth wing of the moderate conservative Ugandan Democratic Party, rallied in support of Donald Trump outside the U.S. embassy in Kampala. The group was reported as having caught local embassy security "by surprise" and then trying to negotiate with embassy officials to permit them to campaign for Trump from inside the facility More local security personnel arrived as reinforcements and shut down the group. At least one protester was holding a sign that read "A vote for Trump is a vote against African dictatorship!" In recent years, the Ugandan government, led by long-time autocrat Yoweri Museveni, has enjoyed generous U.S. military assistance courtesy of the taxpayer as it aligned itself with U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

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  1. Nigeria?

    Podesta’s prince still hasn’t paid him yet!

    1. Nigel Saladu is an honest man.

  2. More proof of the racist violence of Trump supporters.

  3. Make Nigerian Emails Great Again

  4. “Jello Biafra is a super cereal politician. Not like my daddy the stupid poopie-head who shouldn’t have political opinions.” –Hank Williams III

    1. I think we can all agree that Holiday in Cambodia is probably one of most libertarian, or at least anti-statist songs around. It’s a shame Jello Biafra couldn’t think through things and probably voted for the guy he was railing against 30 years ago.

      1. A common problem with 80s punk/hardcore figures is that they will always side with lefties when pushed, no matter how much pro-personal freedom they claim to be (see also Henry Rollins).

        1. +1

          It doesn’t take a long time in the punk scene to learn that they’re all statists.

  5. If you think Western politics are weird, go to Africa. I’ve had a long, long debate with two Angolans over who killed Agostinho Neto, the KGB or the CIA.

    Anyone else remember those Liberian death squads that happily volunteered for the Iraq invasion? For some reason Bush didn’t take them up on it.

    1. Angola, a war zone during the Cold war fought over by the Cubans and the South Africans?

      When the truth is that your African country is being invaded by Cubans, the fiction that the CIA or KGB is behind everything doesn’t seem so far out there.

      1. Neto was buddy-buddy with Guevara and Castro after the U.S. rejected him, and plenty friendly with Moscow, but he also put down communist revolutionaries and viewed himself as more of a middle ground than outright communist. He died in Moscow during surgery, so the story constantly alternates between “the CIA gave him cancer” and “the KGB made sure he didn’t come out of surgery alive.”

        1. The second is easier.

          Also the CIA is crap when it comes to assassinations, even with Predator Drones.

          1. Bear in mind, this is in a broader context of Angolan/African politics, which tends to answer most questions with “the CIA/KGB did it”. In the same way that Mossad, being the sneaky bastards they are, tend to be universally blamed for everything in the Middle East.

            1. I think once you have CIA/KGB records that both sides were fucking with the elections, then it’s not really a conspiracy theory. It’s just things every voter ought to know.

              1. Sure, but there’s a difference between “we have proof the CIA/Mossad did this” and “the CIA made the AIDS virus/Mossad is dumping sterilization chemicals in the Palestinian water supply.”

                1. and “the CIA made the AIDS virus/Mossad is dumping sterilization chemicals in the Palestinian water supply.”

                  I know Obama stopped that Bush policy, but has Trump already reinstituted it?

          2. What was that?

            -ghost of Anwar al-Alwaki

            1. Relative competencies. The KGB was just better at assassinations.

              1. Relative competencies. The KGB was just better at assassinations.

                Well, they did have more practice…

        2. What’s wrong with “the CIA gave him cancer and the KGB made sure he didn’t come out of surgery alive.”

    2. Which Iraq invasion and which Bush? The first I learned about the insanity in Liberia was from the War Nerd column that used to be published on The Exile.ru. Starting with his piece on General Butt Naked, I don’t think my jaw has left the ground since then with regard to Central Africa war news.

      1. GWB. Turns out there was some anti-Taylor militia who were pumped as hell to fight the Iraqi army. I want to see the alternate universe where the Iraqi army fought cross-dressing/naked Liberian militia, some of whom were ritualistic cannibals.

        1. Well that settles it. I know what history I’ll be reading up on for Black History Month.

          1. Their history is interesting, and ultimately a fantastic example of why the “Back to Africa” idea in the States didn’t work out. As soon as African Americans started showing up, they deemed the locals savages and created an entire state hierarchy where they were on top and, of course, did their best to educate their backward brethren. Then that state collapsed and you get the Taylor mess (who once ran on a campaign slogan of “He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him.” and WON).

        2. Parachute Jesse Jackson into Liberia and what they do to him would be BLM Teachable Moment.

  6. My God, even the Biafrans have been taking in by Trump’s fake news!

  7. Local police insisted the protest was “unlawful” because the demonstrators did not have permits?the protesters’ defenders point to the Nigerian constitution’s guarantee of the right to peaceful assembly. “The last time I checked, that section of the constitution is still intact and has not been amended. It is therefore worrisome and that the rights of a section of Nigerians would be so wilfully denied with such extra force,” Senator Enyinnaya Abarib said, according to Nigeria Today.

    Awesome. We are as bad as Nigeria.

    1. “The last time I checked, that section of the constitution is still intact and has not been amended

      Uh oh, Nigerian people beginning to sound like Hit & Runners when discussing the constitution– especially when you start a sentence with ‘Last time I checked…’

      1. How frequently is the Nigerian constitution amended?

      2. Weird, isn’t it? It’s almost like the desire for liberty knows no boundaries.

        1. Obviously you’ve never driven west on the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

          1. I did say almost, sloop.

      3. The most libertarian people I’ve ever met, who had no idea what libertarianism is, were guys from Cameroon, Angola and Nigeria. I think a lot of it has to do with ‘government is us’ propaganda not working on them because they’ve dealt with horrible governments their whole lives.

  8. Poor bastards. There is no cavalry coming.

  9. Indigenous People of Biafra

    Is this available on vinyl?

    1. No, it’s only available for the iBop.

  10. If the Washington Post wrote it, the headline would read:
    Trump Protesters, Nigerian Security Forces Clash: 11 dead, 65 arrested

    It reminds me of the AM Links on Inauguration Day when our very own ENB did the same exact thing when those anti-fa douchebags physically attacked a Trump supporter.

    1. If the Washington Post wrote it, the headline would read:

      Blacks Murdered At Trump Rally

      1. Nigerian Security Forces Restore Order, Arrest 65+ After 11 Killed At Pro-Trump Protest

        1. Trump Supporters Attack Peacekeepers

          1. Why not just “Trump Kills 65 Black Protesters”

            1. We are mocking WaPo, good sir, not Buzzfeed

              1. We are mocking WaPo

                And Robby. Even though he might not explicitly state such ledes, per se, we can conclude that he would follow such form. Like so:

                Why not just “Trump Kills Grabs The Pussies and Sexually Assaults 65 Black [PossiblyTransWhatever – We can’t say they weren’t] Protesters”

                Since he has in the past. To be sure.

                1. Trump Ignores African Deaths
                  His Absence of Tweets Speaks Volumes

                  1. In Despair Over Loss of Their Great Ally, Obama, Africans Unwillingly Forced To Appeal To Trump For Support
                    Fact = Africa Mentioned Fewest Times In History During Trump Campaign

                2. And Robby

                  “While security forces may have over-reacted, it is true that Trump supporters have a reputation for provoking violent conflict, especially at rallies, where racist overtones have dominated.”

  11. If only they wore pink hats, maybe someone would care

  12. At least one protester was holding a sign that read “A vote for Trump is a vote against African dictatorship!”

    Trump Supporters Demand End to Government Services For Minorities

    1. Trump Seeks To Oust Minorities From Government Roles

      1. Trump Continues to Gain Support From Anti-Government Extremists

      2. A Trump inspired Nigerian ‘Black-lash’ – Native Africans Hardest Hit

        1. +bonus points for “Black-Lash”

      3. Trump rally sparsely attended.

  13. And here’s the NYT version

    if you don’t get the joke right away, you’ll be forgiven

    1. Beat me to that. Only ‘Trump’ on the page is article regarding aid skepticism.

      1. There Are No Black Trump Supporters

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