Violent protests against high taxes reported in Kenya | News

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Around a hundred people demonstrated this Wednesday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, who faced stones with the police to denounce the high cost of living and the increase in taxes in the framework of a movement of three days of demonstrations against the new taxes.


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According to local media, the protests took place in the capital's Kibera neighborhood where protesters burned tires. From this, the authorities mobilized two trucks with water cannons and dozens of riot police.

In Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, schools were closed during this day while testimonies published in national sources show that the center of the capital remained deserted due to the riots.

In turn, Kenyan newspapers reported that the police arrested suspected protesters in Homa Bay, located in the west of the African nation, meanwhile, three protesters were hospitalized in Migori, a town on the border with Tanzania.

For its part, the opposition party Azimio La Umoja reported that its leader Raila Odinga, who represented the Kibera community in parliament between 1993 and 2003, was arrested.

Earlier this month, at least 15 people were killed and hundreds arrested during two rounds of protests, in which police forces fired live ammunition at protesters.

The opposition called the protests after the government of President William Ruto announced a tax increase, which the administration said would go toward paying off the debt.

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