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Protests against activists' killings turn violent

Latest update : 2009-03-11

Thousands of students took to the streets in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday to protest the killing of two activists and a fellow student. Protesters faced off against police, who in turn fired teargas to break the protests.

AFP - Kenyan police fired teargas Tuesday during a demonstration by hundreds of youths who were protesting against the killing of two campaigners against extra-judicial killings and a fellow student.
  
The protesters blocked traffic on a major artery in the capital Nairobi, and some of the youths looted stores, sparking clashes with police. Other students also faced off against police who responded with teargas.
  
The protest, which saw calls for senior officials to quit, took place less than a week after the March 5 assassination of two rights activists who helped spearhead a campaign against extrajudicial killings.
  
A student was then killed in ensuing clashes between youths and police near the University of Nairobi. The country's police chief later acknowledged his officers had used excessive force and three of them were arrested.
  
"We have handed petitions to demand the resignation and sacking of police chief Ali Hussein, government spokesman Alfred Mutua and attorney general Amos Wako," the university's student union leader Dan Mwangi told AFP.
  
Prime Minister Raila Odinga and a United Nations investigator have called for an independent probe into gunning down of the activists, Oscar Kamau Kingara and John Paul Oulu, in broad daylight.
  
The UN investigator, Philip Alston, had authored his own report on summary killings in Kenya which also called for Kenya's police chief and attorney general to be fired.

Date created : 2009-03-11

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