Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton donned a T-shirt protesting against police violence in Nigeria for a pre-race television interview at the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday in Portimao.
Thousands of Nigerians have been demonstrating for several days against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which has now been disbanded.
Rights groups have for years accused the police unit of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.
“I’ve got to show this,” Hamilton, Formula One’s only Black driver, told Sky Sports television as he revealed a green T-shirt with #EndSARS written on it at the end of the off-grid interview.
Hamilton, while lending his voice to anti-police brutality protests in the country, asked his followers and fans to educate themselves and take action on the human rights crisis in Nigeria.
As part of his call to action, he shared a link curated by Amnesty International, which can be used to email President Muhammadu Buhari and Abubakar Malami directly.