Kenya: police tear-gas anti-hunger protest

Activists in Nairobi say police used tear-gas against several hundred protesters marching on the offices of Kenya’s president and prime minister to demand action over a growing hunger crisis in the East African nation on July 7. Dinah Awuor Agar, the president of a group of low-wage workers known as the People’s Parliament, said the demonstrators were holding a peaceful procession when riot police charged them. Agar said police chased down protesters, beat them with batons and arrested them, despite the fact Kenya’s new constitution allows peaceful demonstrations. Charles Owino, a police spokesman, said police dispersed the protesters because the demonstration was illegal. East Africa has been hard hit by drought a rising food prices. (AP, July 7)

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