Kenya: Six Persons Killed As Police and Protesters Clash

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Protesters are angry at hike in prices of fuel and other commodities.

On Wednesday in Kenya, two persons were killed in clashes between police and protesters in the city of Kisimu. Several people were injured after being shot as police battled protesters.
Tear gas was also been fired in the capital, Nairobi, and the coastal city of Mombasa as protesters storm the streets over the high cost of living.

Kenya has closed schools in the country’s two main cities as a three-day opposition protest kicked off with demonstrators confronting police.

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Many businesses have remained shut over fears of looting, with people scared of getting caught in violent clashes.

Last week, no fewer than 14 persons died in protests and ten were shot dead by police.
Human rights organisations have strongly criticised the police for what they term ‘excessive use of force’ last Wednesday. More than 50 children were admitted to hospital after tear gas was fired into their classroom in Nairobi.

The opposition are calling for protests after tax increases were introduced last month by the government of President William Ruto.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s police chief has said the protests were becoming a threat to national security, thereby , deploying riot officers across the country. In some towns, including Nairobi and Nakuru in the Rift Valley, protesters have barricaded roads and been hurling stones at the police.

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