Sunday, November 4, 2018

Inspired by Evil: Nigerian Military Deletes Tweet that Uses Trump's Words to Justify Killing of Shi'ite Protesters


EPA NIGERIA OPERATION BOKO HARAM WAR ARMED CONFLICT NGANigerian military tweeted a horrible message in which it used Donald Trump's words and video to justify the killing of scores of unarmed Shi'ite protesters. 
The military deleted the tweet after an outcry from human rights organizations.  However, copies of the tweet were captured before it was deleted.  

According to the Nigerian Army, 
"We released that video to say if President Trump can say that rocks are as good as a rifle, who is Amnesty International."

Inspired by Evil:  Nigerian Military Deletes Tweet that Uses Trump's Words to Justify Killing of Shia Protesters


See also:  Sunni Dominated Nigerian Army Ignites anti-Shiite Violence in Abuja


From USA Today:

The Nigerian military has deleted a tweet which appeared to use President Donald Trump’s words to justify its use of lethal force against a group of protesters last week.
The army, which has come under fire for alleged human rights abuses, tweeted a video of Trump suggesting immigrants could be shot if they throw rocks at the U.S. military with the caption “Please Watch and Make your Deductions.”
The video is a clip from a speech Trump gave at the White House on Thursday in which he announced his administration was preparing to change the country's asylum practices in light of a  migrant caravan fleeing danger in Central America that is headed for the United States.
"They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back," the president told reporters. "I told them to consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like what they did to the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle."
Trump later walked back his comments, saying migrants who throw stones at members of the military at the U.S. border will be arrested. He said he hoped "they won't have to fire" and disputed how his previous comments were perceived by the public. 
"I didn't say shoot," Trump said. "I didn't say shoot. But if they do that with us they're gonna be arrested for a long time."
The Nigerian military tweet seemed to reference violence against protesters that occurred over the weekend. An Amnesty International report found that Nigerian soldiers and police killed at least 45 supporters and injured 122 others of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria over the course of two days. The group was holding a peaceful religious procession in the capital, Abuja.
Protesters demanded the release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El Zakzaky, whose detention was described as “unlawful and unconstitutional” by a federal court in December 2016, according to Amnesty International.
Nigeria Army spokesman John Agim told the New York Times that the army posted the video in reaction to the report accusing the army of using weapons against protesters.
“We released that video to say if President Trump can say that rocks are as good as a rifle, who is Amnesty International?” he told the newspaper. “What are they then saying? What did David use to kill Goliath? So a stone is a weapon.”

Both the tweet and the initial remarks by Trump have received widespread condemnation from human rights advocates. Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power called it "sickening."















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