Nyashinski, Octopizzo join Kenyans in speaking out against Police Brutality
Kenyan singer Nyamari Ongegu popularly known as Nyashinski on Tuesday joined Kenyans on twitter to speak out against police brutality.
Nyashinski revealed that he has also lost friends as a result of police brutality.
He also spoke out on how he has also been a victim of police harassment.
“Police brutality and murders have become so bad and common here in Kenya. It pains me deeply. I’ve been harassed by cops, my friends have been harassed and I’ve even lost friends to police bullets and my story is not unique. Now, they are using this corona curfew as an excuse to brutally beat us and even shoot us. You’re killing your own and thinking you’re doing a great job or thinking you are big and strong. When will enough be enough? How many “justice” hashtags do we need to be heard? “he said
Nyashinski further narrated how Kenyans relate to the late George Floyd’s issue in different aspects.
“It’s so sad and especially us Kenyans relate with George Floyd in so many ways, All across the world, even in places where we are the majority (like here), we are still terrorized, raped, murdered, wrongly accused, imprisoned, suspected of being violent, abused and treated like we are less than others because of the color of our skin. From the U.S to Arab countries (where some of us go to work) to Europe, even to our own neighbourhoods! You name it. Black people experience the most envy and hatred at the same time.” He added
On Tuesday, the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday became the top trend on Twitter as TV channels, celebrities and businesses posted black screenshots to signal support for racial justice over the killing of George Floyd by police.
Octopizzo also joined Kenyans to speak out by doing a one man protest outside the US Embassy in Nairobi.
“If you are a white friend, colleague or work mate and you are keeping silent or “neutral” during this time. I don’t wanna talk to you anymore and I hope you know why. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Concerning non-violence: it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks,” Octopizzo wrote