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Violent clashes as Kenya opposition phases third day of protests

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Violence broke out in Kenya on Thursday, the third day of opposition demonstrations to protest on the authorities and the excessive value of residing.

Safety was tight, with police in riot gear patrolling the capital Nairobi after fierce clashes erupted throughout related protests on Monday.

On Thursday, dozens of individuals within the congested Nairobi neighbourhoods of Mathare and Kibera engaged police in working battles, throwing rocks and burning tyres whereas officers responded with tear gasoline.

In opposition chief Raila Odinga’s lakeside bastions of Kisumu and Homa Bay in western Kenya, protesters additionally hurled rocks at police and lit bonfires in the midst of the street.

Odinga has referred to as for protests each Monday and Thursday, accusing President William Ruto of stealing final 12 months’s election and of failing to regulate the surging value of residing.

The demonstrations — declared unlawful by the federal government — have turned violent on earlier days, with police firing tear gasoline, water cannon and infrequently dwell bullets, whereas looters have gone on the rampage.

Two civilians have been killed and 51 cops and 85 civilians injured, in keeping with authorities figures.

The worldwide group and spiritual leaders have referred to as for calm, voicing fears that the violence might degenerate into the ethnic post-election combating witnessed after the 2007 election that claimed the lives of greater than 1,100 folks.

“We’re deeply involved by the latest unrest and violence in addition to destruction of locations of worship and personal property,” eight overseas embassies, together with the US and former colonial energy Britain mentioned in a joint assertion Wednesday.

“We due to this fact name on all leaders and all Kenyans to take care of peace, present restraint, and work towards a swift decision for the frequent good of Kenya.”

The African Union additionally appealed Tuesday for calm and political dialogue to place paid to chaos.

***AFP***