Kenya unrest: Mombasa secessionism on the rise

Kenya's Indian Ocean coast is best known for its tourism. Westerners flock to the sandy beaches around the booming cities of Mombasa and Malindi, in a bid to escape cold winters. But this region also hosts a secessionist movement, the Mombasa Republican Council, that wants to break away from Kenyan government control.


The group contends that the government discriminates against people from the coast, especially when it comes to land claims and jobs. They were banned in 2010 and the movement, which claims to be peaceful, has been pursuing its claims for recognition through the courts. But the authorities blame this separatist movement for attacks on security forces and it also accuses it of linking up with al-Qaeda and other extremists.

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