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Kenya’s President Seeks to Quell Protests After 2 Killed, 200 Injured in Police Response

HeadlineJun 24, 2024

Kenyan President William Ruto has said he plans to “engage” protesters in conversation after a week of demonstrations against proposed tax hikes, and one day ahead of a possible national strike on Tuesday. At least two young protesters have been killed: 21-year-old Evans Kiratu and 29 year-old Rex Kanyike. Rex’s mother decried the violent police response to the peaceful demonstrations.

Gillian Munyao: “If someone is fighting for their rights, why use live bullets? If he would have been found with any weapons, we would have said he is undisciplined. But he was walking with his friend.”

Over 200 people were injured in the Kenyan protests, and another 100 arrested.

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