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More protests planned in Kenya as death toll rises

 More protests planned in Kenya as death toll rises
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Kenya is braced for more opposition demonstrations today as the death toll from post-election violence continues to mount. At least eight people have been shot dead by police during two days of protests over claims the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki was rigged.

Since the vote three weeks ago an estimated 650 people have been killed. The demonstrations have been called by Raila Odinga, leader of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

He said: “The government and the police have turned this country into killing fields of the innocent, executing at will in an unprecedented bloodlust that began long before elections took place.”

The government has banned three days of rallies, despite western calls to allow peaceful protest.

A government spokesman said: “What the ODM would like is to try to create the country as if it is in an impasse, whereby our way of life has stopped.”

The police deny opposition claims that innocent protesters have been targeted, saying only looters and rioters who attacked officers have been shot at.