July 25, 2024
At least 200 injured, 100 arrested in Kenya tax protests: Rights groups says
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At least 200 injured, 100 arrested in Kenya tax protests: Rights groups says

At least 200 people were injured and more than 100 arrested across Kenya in nationwide protests against government tax hike plans, rights groups have said.

Five groups, including Amnesty International, said late on Thursday in a joint statement that at least 105 protesters had been arrested in a violent crackdown by riot police that included the use of tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.

In the capital, Nairobi, at least 200 people were injured, with the groups reporting “soft tissue injuries and inhalation of tear gas”, with six “hit by cars while running away from police officers” and five casualties from rubber bullets.

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Local media reported that an unidentified person died at the Bliss Medical Centre in Nairobi from a gunshot wound to his thigh sustained during the protest. The details tallied with a police report that said a 29-year-old man died during treatment for a wound on his thigh at the same hospital on Thursday night.