Lagos - The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) has condemned the alleged the brutal repression by the Nigerian army against protests in Zaria and Kaduna.
The protesters were demonstrating against the ongoing massacres in Gaza by the Israeli state.
The party also denounced the killing of supporters and children of Islamic cleric, Ibrahim El- Zakzaky who held the protest march in Zaria.
According to media reports, soldiers killed 35 followers of the El-Zakzak.
A similar protest in Kaduna was massively repressed.
The party said that while there was an attempt by a section of the media to connote the entire affair as a “violent clash”, the glaring fact that the followers of El-Zakzaky were not armed made it a "classic" case of repression.
"To us in the SPN, we deplore the attempt to use the excuse of fighting terrorism to clampdown on democratic rights including legitimate and peaceful protests.
"We should also recall that a similar strong-arm approach including extra-judicial murder of Muhammed Yusuff, the founder of Boko Haram Islamist sect, contributed immensely to the degeneration of a containable security situation into a full-blown terrorist insurgency and activities," the party stated.
The party called for the arrest and prosecution of soldiers including their commander who carried out this heinous act of killings of protesters in Zaria.
"We call for solidarity mass actions to condemn the repression of pro-Palestine protests in Nigeria and to join forces with worldwide resistance of the Israeli state terror in Gaza," it said.
SPN advocated for a relentless struggle of working people and youth of Palestine against the occupation and blockade of Gaza and West Bank by the Israeli state with the solidarity of the workers and youth in Israel for a Socialist Palestine and Socialist Israel.
It said this would be a basis for a voluntary confederation of a socialist Middle East as part of a democratic socialist world.
- CAJ News