13 Protesters Killed in Kenya as Government Deploys Military to Curb Unrest | #NwokeukwuMascot


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Nairobi, June 25, 2024 – The Kenya Medical Association confirmed that 13 protesters were killed on Tuesday during ongoing demonstrations against the country's tax increase. The fatalities occurred after police opened fire on demonstrators who had invaded the Kenyan parliament.

In response to the escalating violence, Kenyan Defence Minister Aden Bare Duale announced the deployment of the army to support police efforts in managing the crisis. "Pursuant to Article 241 (3) (b) of the Constitution of Kenya, as read with sections 31 (1) (a), 31 (1) (c), 33 (1), 34 (1), and 34 (2) of the Kenya Defence Forces Act (Cap. 199), the Kenya Defence Forces is deployed on the 25th of June, 2024, in support of the National Police Service in response to the security emergency caused by the ongoing violent protests in various parts of the Republic of Kenya resulting in destruction and breaching of critical infrastructure," the Defence Minister stated.

The protests, largely driven by young Kenyans, began peacefully last week. Thousands marched in the capital, Nairobi, and other cities to oppose the proposed tax increases. However, the situation escalated on Tuesday afternoon when police fired live ammunition at the crowds, leading to the invasion of the parliament complex.

Simon Kigondu, President of the Kenya Medical Association, expressed his concern over the violence. "So far, we have at least 13 people killed, but this is not the final number," he said, noting the unprecedented level of violence against unarmed civilians.

Medical facilities have been overwhelmed with casualties. An official at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi reported that medics were treating 160 people, some with soft tissue injuries and others with bullet wounds.

The government's decision to raise taxes has faced fierce resistance, particularly from the youth. The intensity of the opposition appears to have caught officials by surprise. Images circulating on social media and local TV stations depict scenes of chaos, with bodies lying on the ground. Protest organizers have urged participants to walk home together and stay safe.

As the situation remains tense, the international community is closely monitoring developments in Kenya, calling for restraint and a peaceful resolution to the crisis.


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