Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria(CNN)Police in Lagos fired tear gas Wednesday as hundreds of demonstrators turned up at the Lekki toll gate in a memorial car procession to honor those who died during protests last year in Nigeria’s economic hub.
It’s one year to the day since security forces opened fire on unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate. The shooting quashed Nigeria’s fledgling youth protest movement, known as #EndSARS, but despite scores of videos shot by protesters, which showed the shooting, as well as the dead and wounded, the Nigerian government continues to deny that a shooting even took place.
The organizers of Wednesday’s protests called those who had died “fallen heroes” and said they had to come to the toll gate to remember them.
Ahead of the memorial event, the organizers and Lagos State commissioner of police agreed that the only way a protest could take place was in vehicles and not through marches on the street.
However, some of the protesters spilled on to the streets, chanting “solidarity forever,” and “how many of us will you kill?”
Police soon released teargas to disperse those who were demonstrating on the streets, calling them “miscreants” in an interview with the media.