Bitcoin Comes to the Rescue of Nigerian Protesters as Account Gets Suspended
It’s been more than a week now that people across Nigeria have been protesting against police brutality and demand reform and accountability.
The younger generations are using social media to document the event in real life to amplify their cause and counter false narratives.
The youth-led rallies in several parts of the countries target the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Authorities have announced that SARS will be disbanded, but the promise is not enough to quell the anger.
Nigerians continue to protest and fight for accountability, calling for an end to police violence and a complete overhaul of the system.
As part of the protests, various organizations have been asking for support. One such activist, the Feminist Coalition Group, which has managed large funds, reported having its accounts suspended.
“For demanding an end to police brutality, we are now under attack! Our bank account has been deactivated, and so has the Flutterwave donation link. Our members lives are also being threatened!” it was written on twitter earlier this week.
Amidst this attack, Bitcoin came to the rescue as the official twitter account of Nigerian feminists fighting against the injustice of SARS through peaceful protests, fundraising, and social media organization shared the option to donate with BTC.
— feministcoalition (@feminist_co) October 13, 2020
The platform accepts BTC through BTC Pay Server, a self-hosted cryptocurrency payment processor, which is a “free, secure, and censorship-resistant platform.”
Already, over 180 transactions have been made to their addresses and raised about $10,800 (0.94749255 BTC) at the current BTC price.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a Bitcoin proponent, also mentioned the protest in several tweets and asked people to donate via BTC to support the protest.
“Donate via Bitcoin to help EndSARS,” tweeted Dorsey.