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Funeral ceremony turns violent in Kenya

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A funeral ceremony for opposition members killed by police has turned violent in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Youths attending the memorial service stopped cars on the streets, smashing windows and beating up people who didn’t belong to their Luo ethnic group.

Riot police moved in with tear gas but did not open fire. The ceremony was attended by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has accused the police of acting on shoot-to-kill orders during protests that erupted after Kenya’s disputed December election.

The police eased a ban on public gatherings in force since the election to allow the funerals to go ahead. Meanwhile, the opposition has agreed to cancel planned demonstrations on Thursday following a request by former UN chief Kofi Annan, on a visit to Nairobi to try to ease tensions. He is holding talks with both president Mwai Kibani and Odinga.