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Kenyan police stop banned rally from going ahead

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Kenyan police stop banned rally from going ahead


Police have fired tear gas and water cannons to fight back anti-government protesters trying to make their way to a banned rally in Nairobi. At least four people are reported to have died today in the latest violence to hit Kenya after disputed elections.

The death toll since the trouble began after a ballot on December 27 is now reported to have risen to about 350. A top official of Kenya’s main opposition party reportedly said that the planned rally had been cancelled because of clashes and called on supporters to return home.

But it seems that message has little chance of geting through to those determined to protest. As well as tear gas and water cannons, it is reported police fired live shots into the air.

The rally was called by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who maintains the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki came after the rigging of votes.

As international efforts continue to try to find a political solution, violence continues in shanty towns in Nairobi.

People have also been continuing to flee the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in the west of the country.

A rally has been held there, in solidarity with the one banned in Nairobi. Witnesses say security forces have tried to control the crowds, but not totally stop them like in Nairobi.

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