Take 2: Northern Colorado fires, Nigeria EndSARS Movement

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Hannah Gonzalez

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

Carlee George, Staff Writer

Colorado fires: Colorado is experiencing historic fires in the northern part of the state. The Cameron Peak fire has been burning since August and is 55 percent contained. The East Troublesome fire began on Oct. 14 and is only 5 percent contained. The Cameron fire has burned over 207,000 acres and the East Troublesome fire has buried 196,000 acres so far. As they continue to grow, it is possible that the two could merge. As of yesterday, only around 15 miles separate the fires. 

Significance: The Cameron Peak fire is the largest in Colorado’s history. This led to mandatory evacuation orders across the state, as well as air quality alerts. The East Troublesome fire forced the Rocky Mountain National Park to close yesterday. This contributes to the very active wildfire season America is experiencing, with the East Coast battling many fires a few months prior.

EndSARS: Thousands of people in Nigeria are gathering to protest police brutality in the EndSARS Movement. SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) is the police force formed in 1984 to combat violent crime like armed robbery and kidnapping. Nigerians have been protesting claims of corruption within SARS including torture, harassment and kidnapping. 

Significance: Protests in Lagos turned deadly on Tuesday when soldiers fired into a group of protesters because they were breaking the curfew. Seven people were killed, and many were injured. The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, addressed the country but did not mention the events in Lagos. Instead, he called for protesters to seize demonstrations.