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Kenya opposition says police shot dead protesters


Kenya’s opposition has accused the police of shooting dead at least seven people on the second day of fresh protests over the re-election of the president.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who claims President Mwai Kibaki stole December’s election, says police were shooting innocent civilians “at will”.

The number of people who have died in the clashes is now thought to be between 600 and 1,000.

The latest violence took place on the second of three days of banned protest rallies.

Odinga has demanded a recount of the vote and said he would stop disputing the result if it showed Kibaki had indeed won.

A quarter of a million people have been turned into refugees in a conflict that the Commonwealth has become the latest body to criticise. It said the results “did not meet international standards”.

The European Parliament has backed a resolution calling for the EU to suspend aid to the Kenyan government.

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