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2 dead as Kenyan police attack electoral reform demos

May 23, 2016 2:14 PM
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least two people died Monday when Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed demonstrators across the country who called for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption.

The two were shot dead in Siaya County, in western Kenya on the shore of Lake Victoria, according to Bonny Odinga, the county's communications director.

The protests, held each Monday for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organized by Kenya's main opposition group, the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy. Last week the U.S. and human rights activists condemned the violence displayed by Kenyan police in which one man was killed.

A Kenyan policeman wears a gas mask as he stands in from of a milk dispenser at a kiosk, during running battles between police firing tear gas and protesters throwing rocks, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said he would not permit the demonstrations because the opposition group did not notify police of their intent. The organization says the right to picket is constitutionally guaranteed. Senator James Orengo, a protest organizer, said the opposition notified police of the alleged intent of government allied legislators to hire goons to disrupt the protests.

In the capital, Nairobi, police tear-gassed demonstrators in the Kibera area, who were trying to make their way to the city center where electoral commission offices are. Demonstrators responded by throwing stones. In the central business district The Associated Press reporters said police were tear gassing gatherings of five people or more covering the area in noxious smoke.

Police also tear-gassed demonstrators in opposition strongholds in Mombasa and Kisumu, Kenya's second and third largest cities. Opposition Senator Boni Khalwale was arrested leading protests in the town of Kakamega.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Isaack Hassan said the commission will not be disbanded and challenged the opposition to provide evidence of the alleged corruption and bias.

The story was corrected to show the electoral commission chairman's first name is spelled Isaack, not Isaak.

Kenyan police charge as they engage in running battles between police firing tear gas and protesters throwing rocks, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A Kisumu resident stops on his bike to look at burning tyres in the street following protests in Kisumu, Kenya, Monday May 23, 2016. The protests, held for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organized by Kenya¿s main opposition group the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy. (AP Photo/James Kayee)

Opposition supporters, flee from exploding tear gas grenades fired by riot police, during a protest in Kibera Slums, Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. The protests, held every Monday for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organized by Kenya's main opposition group the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

A riot police officer fires a teargas canister during a protest in Kibera Slums, Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. The protests, held every Monday for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organized by Kenya's main opposition group the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Riot police patrol during a protest in Kibera Slums, Nairobi, Kenya, Monday May 23, 2016. The protests, held every Monday for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organized by Kenya's main opposition group the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Opposition supporters flee from riot police during a protest in Kibera Slums, Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. The protests, held every Monday for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organized by Kenya's main opposition group the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Opposition supporters, flee from exploding tear gas grenades fired by riot police, during a protest in Kibera Slums, Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. The protests, held every Monday for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organized by Kenya's main opposition group the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Opposition protesters throw rocks in front of barricades of burning tires, as they engage in running battles with police firing tear gas, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A man carries a schoolgirl overcome by tear gas to safety, past the charred remains of a burning barricade, as police firing tear gas engage protesters throwing rocks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A young schoolgirl overcome by tear gas runs to safety, as police firing tear gas engage protesters throwing rocks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A Kenyan policeman wearing a gas mask walks past a burning barricade set alight by protesters, during running battles between police firing tear gas and protesters throwing rocks, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A woman takes advantage of a lull in the clashes to carry her baby to safety, as police firing tear gas engage protesters throwing rocks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Opposition protesters throw rocks as they engage in running battles with police firing tear gas, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Kenyan police fire tear gas to disperse a small group of opposition protesters who tried to gather outside the offices of the electoral commission, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A Kenyan policeman throws a tear gas grenade toward opposition protesters throwing rocks, as they engage in running battles in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Women and schoolchildren take advantage of a lull in the clashes to run to safety, as police firing tear gas engage protesters throwing rocks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A policeman, left, yells at a man trying to lead schoolchildren to safety, because he was unknowingly about to walk into a hail of rocks thrown by protesters around the corner, as police firing tear gas engage protesters throwing rocks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 23, 2016. Kenya's police shot, beat and tear gassed opposition demonstrators across the country who tried to gather to call for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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