Tear Gas, Arrest As Kenyans Protest On The Streets Against Police Brutality

Reports reaching WakeupAfrica360 news desk from our correspondent in Kenya reports that the Kenyan police on Tuesday, 7th July 2020, fired tear gas and detained some protesters demanding an end to brutality by the police. It was reported that about 100 people took part in the demonstrations which happened across Nairobi, the country’s capital. Many Kenyans have been angered by the fresh wave of alleged police abuses while enforcing coronavirus restrictions.

According to David Oluoch, one of the protesters, he said and I quote: “ we are not armed and we just wanted to take our petition very peacefully but as you can see, the police were very armed and they have arrested some of us and injured some of us too.” Reacting to the matter, the Nairobi-area police boss, Philip Ndolo has come out to say that 30 people have being arrested and the protesters had not been observing social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He further stated that it is dangerous to hold such meeting. Organisers of the protest has come out to say that so far, 56 people had been arrested. On the other hand, human rights activists has said that at least 22 people including a 13-year-old boy have been killed by officers enforcing the virus restrictions. They also made known of the fact that there has been no groundswell of widespread public protest in Kenya which is considered one of the biggest economies in Africa; that has been seen in other parts of the world.

Photo of a protester being arrested by the Kenyan police in Nairobi, Kenya
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Kenya’s police force for over two decades has remained and has been ranked as the most corrupt institution in the country. It is also the most deadly according to human rights activists in the country. Mr. Gacheke Gachihi, the protest Coordinator, said that the social justice groups from 16 slums in the country organized the Tuesday’s eve protest to mark 30 years since opposition politicians protested to demand democratic reforms from the single-party autocratic regime at that time. According to him, the police killings has targeted people in the slums and people who are demanding that their rights be respected. He said and I quote: “ We are not going to stand for that anymore. We are going to keep standing up and peacefully protest until that message gets through.”

Photo of a Kenyan police officer running to arrest a protester and slip and falls over just as he reaches him before proceeding to attest him during the protest in Nairobi,Kenya
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Below are some of the abstract of the police on protester on Tuesday 7 July, 2020. A Kenyan policeman stands in a cloud of tear gas fired by police at a demonstration against police brutality in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Kenyan police have fired tear gas and detained scores of protesters who were demanding an end to police brutality. Kenyan police detain a protester at a demonstration against police brutality in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday July 7, 2020. Kenyan police have fired tear gas and detained scores of protesters who were demanding an end to police brutality.

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