Nigeria Tweeted Trump Caravan Speech Apparently To Defend Shooting Protesters

Nigeria Tweeted Trump Caravan Speech Apparently To Defend Shooting Protesters

Nigeria Tweeted Trump Caravan Speech Apparently To Defend Shooting Protesters

In a tweet, which appears to have been taken down, the army posted a video of Trump's anti-migrant speech in which he said rocks would be considered firearms if thrown toward soldiers at the US border, according to the BBC and The New York Times.

The army's official Twitter account shared a video of Trump suggesting that United States soldiers could respond with force to migrants who throw rocks on the United States border.

On Friday, the official Twitter account of the Nigerian army tweeted a video of the comments, along with the words "please watch and make your deductions".

"We're not going to put up with that", Trump said in the clip. He also said the USA military is trained to fight back against anyone in the migrant caravan who throw rocks at soldiers.

In the video, Mr Trump said armed troops should consider equating rock-throwing with shooting from a rifle.

The tweet was posted just days after clashes between Nigerian soldiers and Shia Muslims once again turned deadly.

Recall that an investigation conducted by Amnesty International lat week has shown that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days, as the Shi'a Muslim group held a peaceful religious procession around Abuja.

Since earlier this year, protesters have frequently flooded the streets of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to demand the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, the jailed leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), an organization headquartered in the northern city of Zaria.

In a statement responding to Trump's remarks, Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: "We reject these vicious policies".

The Nigerian military has said as many as six soldiers were wounded during the protest after "thousands" of members of the sect overran a police checkpoint and blocked traffic along a highway.

Nigerian army points to Trump's recent comments on rock-throwers to justify deadly attack on Shia protesters.

Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian government and its American counterpart to stop the competition about who violates citizens' right more than the other.

"It seems the Nigerian military are deliberately using tactics created to kill when dealing with IMN gatherings".

Nigeria's defence spokesman, John Agim, said the army posted the video in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully, The Guardian UK reports. The human rights group said the protesters were killed by security forces using automatic weapons on Saturday and Monday in Abuja, the capital, and the neighboring state of Nasarawa.

Soldiers had arrived to assist police, a news release said, and were met with protesters who threw canisters of fuel, "large stones, catapults with risky objects and other unsafe items".

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