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Kenya: At Least 5 Dead And 31 Injured During Tax Hike Protest

Protesters hold placards as they march during a demonstration against the Finance Bill in Nairobi, Kenya, June 25, 2024. Protests, mainly by Kenyan youth, took place over several days last week against the Finance Bill, which promises to increase taxes on a range of goods. In response to the protests, the government withdrew some of the controversial provisions, including taxes on bread and vehicles, but the bill passed a second vote and a parliamentary committee is currently considering amendments. (Photo by Patrick Meinhart/Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 1:14 PM

Kenyan police opened fire on demonstrators in Nairobi on Tuesday, killing at least five people and wounding 31, as anger over a controversial “finance bill” sparked ongoing protests and riots.

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Time CNNWhen news crews arrived at the scene they found two bodies lying on the ground covered in blood.

Proposed tax increases in Kenya have sparked widespread protests and led to a “total shutdown” of the country on Tuesday, quickly descending into unrest.

Kenyans have been organising rallies under the slogan “Seven Days of Rage” in opposition to the 2024 Finance Bill, sparking several more days of unrest across the country.

Of the injured, 13 were shot with live ammunition, four with rubber bullets and three with launchers.

“Despite government assurances that the right to assembly would be protected and promoted, protests today escalated into violence. Human rights monitors and medical personnel have reported multiple incidents of human rights violations,” said a joint statement issued by Amnesty International Kenya, the Kenya Medical Association, the Kenya Bar Association and the Kenya Police Reform Working Group.

Protesters were seen storming Kenya’s parliament, setting it on fire and stealing a ceremonial mace.

according to CNN affiliate NTV KenyaKenyan lawmakers who were inside Parliament House escaped through secret routes.

Lawmakers were also evacuated as police confronted protesters and rioters, forcing them to take refuge in the neighbouring government complex, Bunji Towers, and internet connectivity experienced “major disruptions” on Tuesday, according to internet monitoring site NetBlocks.

Live footage from the outlet Citizen TV It was also revealed that City Hall, the office of the Nairobi governor, was set on fire.

From a basement window, a burning fire was visible and smoke was coming from an adjacent window. Citizen TV They reported that several people were seen removing chairs and other furniture from the facility.

There was also an incident where a car parked at the Kenya Supreme Court, near City Hall, caught fire.

Auma Obama, the half-sister of former Democratic US President Barack Obama, rioted against the measure during a television appearance early on Tuesday and was tear-gassed by police. CNN.

“I can’t see anything anymore. They’re firing tear gas,” she said in the video. “I’m here because I want you to see what’s going on. Kenyan young people are demonstrating for their rights. They’re demonstrating with flags and banners,” Obama added.

Kenyan President William Ruto said he was “proud” of the protesters and hoped to speak to them. Meanwhile, security forces have been accused of kidnapping Kenyan celebrities, especially those with popular social media accounts with thousands or even millions of followers.

Ahead of the protests planned for Tuesday, Amnesty International Kenya reported it was investigating the whereabouts of up to 12 people who were abducted during the protests. [the] night.”

Amnesty Kenya executive director Irungu Houghton told reporters the list included bloggers, social media content creators, human rights activists, doctors and legislative officials.

“We are horrified by some of the testimony we’ve heard in the last 24 hours. We have approximately 12 individuals who are missing, many of whom have been taken by individuals in uniform and not in uniform,” Houghton said. “We’re now seeing not only abductions but disappearances,” he said.

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