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Kenyan Police Crack Down as Protesters Call for National Strike Against Tax Plan

HeadlineJun 25, 2024

In Kenya, police deployed tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons on demonstrators as organizers called for a national strike and “7 Days of Rage” to protest proposed tax hikes and demand the resignation of Kenyan President William Ruto. Among the protesters was Auma Obama, the half-sister of Barack Obama, who was tear-gassed by police during a live interview on CNN.

Auma Obama: “How can you tear-gas your own people? Listen to them. Listen to these children. They are the future. They are 80% of our population. Eighty percent. If they decided to turn against us, they can. And that is what they’re doing now.”

Reports have also emerged of several protesters who have gone missing. Authorities are surrounding the Kenyan Parliament in Nairobi, which protesters plan to occupy.

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