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Six killed as police break demonstrations in Kenya


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In Kenya on Wednesday, there were clashes between police and protesters as part of an opposition rally that was forbidden over rising taxes and living expenses.

At least six people died nationwide as a result of the unrest wave.

“The administration has made several hollow promises, such as raising matatu (a sort of road transport, Ed.) fares, increasing gasoline prices, and raising food prices. We go maybe on water a day since we cannot afford to buy even one meal. We are asking Baba (Raila Odinga, leader of the opposition, Ed.) to press the very false administration hard until something changes because we are in desperate need of affordable prices. Kenya is in dire need of help. Businessman Otieno Mc’ Dimba Bongo acknowledged that there might come a day when even raising our children would be difficult.

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Many accuse the government of employing disproportionate force against protesters, including the use of tear gas.

We are not happy with the use of force by the police and I am pleading for an investigation into the ongoing problems because we are the citizens. “The police are using excessive force on the citizens and many have been injured. Even my brother is being treated for the gun wounds he has been shot in his legs and it has hurt us. You delay the elections; we are unhappy and in pain; we are suffering; we do not support ODM but are in pain because of our housing; we do not have money but we have flour. We are hurting since you spent the entire sum of money. Benson Ochieng, the brother of a man who was shot by the police, lamented that there were no jobs for young people.

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After William Ruto defeated Raila Odinga in the presidential election in August, the opposition leader organised a number of anti-government protests this year.

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