The singer addressed this weekend's failed coup during her show in Amsterdam
Beyoncé paid tribute to the victims of the failed coup in Turkey during her show in Amsterdam this weekend.
Performing in the Dutch capital on Saturday (July 16), the ‘Formation’ singer took time out during the gig to mention the political action in Turkey. An attempted coup by the country’s military that started on Friday night (July 15) has seen over 200 people killed and 1400 injured.
Before playing her 2009 single ‘Halo’, Beyoncé introduced the song by paying tribute to Turkey’s turbulent 24 hours. “This song is about love,” she said. “I want to dedicate it to all the lives lost in Turkey. Y’all help me sing tonight.”
Watch a clip of the speech and the subsequent performance below.
Her tribute follows a string of other instances on the ‘Formation’ tour that Beyoncé has spoken out on political matters.
She has most notably on this tour voiced her support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, having urged her fans to “turn our anger into action” following the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were both unlawfully killed by police officers in the US earlier this month.
She also responded to the five police officers who were killed in Dallas, Texas during the fall-out over the killings of Sterling and Castile. Writing on her Instagram page, she said that “every human being has the right to gather in peaceful protest without suffering more unnecessary violence.”