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Heightened Security Measures Ahead of Anticipated Protests in Kenya

Written by on June 27, 2024

Ahead of anticipated protests on Thursday, riot police have been deployed and roads blocked around key buildings in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Local TV stations have been broadcasting images of deserted streets in the central business district, with a heavy presence of security officers patrolling the area.

These measures come after reports that 22 people lost their lives in protests against tax hikes. During these demonstrations, part of parliament was set on fire, and police reportedly used live ammunition.

Following intense pressure, President William Ruto announced the withdrawal of a finance bill that included unpopular tax proposals that initially sparked the protests.

Despite this concession, demonstrators are planning to gather again in the city center to mourn those who lost their lives in earlier protests. Some have also expressed intentions to march towards the president’s official residence, State House.

Concerns about potential violence have been raised by prominent figures associated with the protests, prompting authorities to block roads leading to State House and restrict access to the area.

In Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city, the situation remained calm with people going about their daily activities, as shown by local TV coverage.

However, in Migori, located in western Kenya, clashes erupted as police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators. Meanwhile, crowds gathered in Kisumu, also in the west, indicating ongoing unrest in various parts of the country

Source; BBC

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