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Short Update: Kenyan protesters face tear gas and arrests due to COVID-19 gathering ban

FairTrialsAdmin - July 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences, Rule of Law, Extended police powers

Over 50 activists who protested in Nairobi on July 7th have been arrested and charged with illegal gathering. Protesters were marking the 30th anniversary of the 1990 Saba Saba pro-democracy protests, which were brutally quashed by dictatorial President Daniel arap Moi but led to multi-party democracy. They were also condemning rampant police brutality: Kenyan police have killed at least 100 people so far this year, with 21 killings tied to the lockdown.   

The march’s organizers said that police denied permission for their demonstration despite constitutional guarantees of free assembly. Nairobi Police said that the COVID-related ban on public gatherings made the protest unlawful. When hundreds of protesters attempted to deliver a petition to the President’s office on Tuesday, police deployed tear gas and made mass arrests.  

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