Kenya Police Crack Down On Protesters, Over 270 Arrested

Kenyan police have arrested over 270 individuals in connection with the violent anti-government protests that rocked the capital city on Tuesday.

The demonstrations, which turned violent, saw thousands of protesters take to the streets to decry the government’s recent tax hikes.

The arrests include opposition lawmaker, Moses Wetangula, who was detained for allegedly inciting violence.

According to authorities, the protesters engaged in criminal acts, including looting and destruction of property.

“During today’s demonstrations that saw massive properties destroyed by various criminal elements, security forces across the country singled out suspects found engaging in criminal activities in the guise of protesting, and took them to custody.

“In Nairobi and its environs, 204 suspects were apprehended, 35 in the Coastal region, 18 in Nyanza and 11 and 4 in Rift Valley and Eastern regions respectively,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said in a statement on X.

The authorities have released photos of 35 other wanted individuals, urging them to surrender to the police.

“The Individuals whose images/photos appear below are wanted by the police for their unlawful activities during the anti-finance bill 2024 demonstrations. We therefore advise them to report to the nearest police station for further police action,” the statement read.

In response to the chaos, the Kenyan government has deployed the military to support the police in restoring order.

The move comes as the death toll from the protests continues to rise, with reports of injuries and fatalities mounting.

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