Tear gas fired and arrests made as Kenyans protest against police brutality

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Kenyan police have fired tear gas and detained scores of protesters demanding an end to police brutality.

About 100 people took part in demonstrations across the capital, Nairobi. Many Kenyans have been angered by a fresh wave of alleged police abuses while enforcing coronavirus restrictions.

“We are not armed and we just wanted to take our petition very peacefully, but as you can see they are very armed, they have arrested some of us and they have injured some of us,” protester David Oluoch said.

Police have detained scores of protesters
Police have detained scores of protesters (AP/Brian Inganga)

Human rights activists say at least 22 people, including a 13-year-old boy, have been killed by officers enforcing the restrictions.

But activists say there has been no groundswell of widespread public protest in Kenya, one of Africa’s biggest economies, that has been seen in other parts of the world over police abuse.

Kenya’s police force has been ranked as the country’s most corrupt institution for two decades. It is also the most deadly, according to human rights groups.

Protesters are demonstrating against police brutality
Protesters are demonstrating against police brutality (AP/Brian Inganga)

Activist Amelia Hopkins Philips said: “We are not going to stand for that anymore. We are going to keep standing up and peacefully protesting until that message gets through.”

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