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Kenya: opposition demonstrations banned

2023-03-26T12:05:53.431Z


Opposition leader Raila Odinga has urged people to take to the streets every Monday and Thursday against the rising cost of living in Kenya.


Kenya's police chief on Sunday banned further opposition protests scheduled for Monday.

"

We will not allow violent protests

," Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome told reporters, adding that "

the protests they (opponents) are planning for tomorrow (Monday) are illegal and will not will not be allowed

”.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has urged people to take to the streets every Monday and Thursday against the rising cost of living in Kenya.

Protests last Monday - which were also not authorized by the police - escalated, with riot police firing tear gas and using water cannons at rock-throwing protesters and setting tires on fire.

A student was killed by police gunfire while 31 police officers were injured in clashes in Nairobi and opposition strongholds in western Kenya.

More than 200 people were arrested, including several senior opposition politicians, while Odinga's convoy was targeted with tear gas and water cannons.

It was the first notable violence since President William Ruto took office six months ago after beating Raila Odinga, in a poll his rival calls "

stolen

".

Source: lefigaro

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