Kenyan Police Arrest Over 270 Amid Violent Protests

Kenyan police have arrested more than 270 individuals accused of masquerading as protesters and committing crimes during recent anti-government demonstrations, officials said.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) announced the arrests in a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, late Tuesday. The statement emphasized that security forces across the country had identified and detained suspects engaged in criminal activities under the guise of protesting.

The youth-led demonstrations, which occurred in various cities across Kenya, were marked by widespread looting and property damage. Some protesters alleged that “goons” had infiltrated their ranks.

Riot police responded with tear gas and charged at stone-throwing demonstrators in central Nairobi and other parts of the country. The unrest follows a series of clashes last week that resulted in at least two dozen protesters’ deaths.

The protests erupted in response to a controversial finance bill that introduced new taxes, exacerbating the financial strain on citizens already struggling with a cost-of-living crisis.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) reported that 39 people had been killed and 361 injured during the two weeks of rallies, with the worst violence occurring in Nairobi on June 25.

On Monday, the KNCHR condemned the security forces’ use of force against demonstrators, describing it as “excessive and disproportionate.”

In Mombasa, Milan Waudo expressed his frustration to Reuters, saying, “People are dying in the streets, and the only thing he can talk about is money. We are not money. We are people. We are human beings.”

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