Violent protests in Kenya against tax hikes leave at least 6 dead

Violent protests in Kenya against tax hikes leave at least 6 dead

Protests turn violent as Kenyans demand relief from financial burdens

By Andrew Wasike

NAIROBI, Kenya (AA) - Protests that erupted across Kenya on Wednesday as citizens took to streets in cities and towns over tax hikes have claimed six lives.

In a statement, police confirmed the death toll, noting that the demonstrations turned rowdy, with people looting and causing damage to infrastructure.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, the head of the Azimio la Umoja–One Kenya Coalition Party, had called for the protests to denounce the high cost of living and recent imposition of taxes on petroleum products.

Citizens, already struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, joined the demonstrations to express their frustration and demand change.

Despite a ban on protests issued by the police on Tuesday, demonstrators defied the order and gathered in significant numbers.

Tensions between protesters and law enforcement personnel quickly escalated, leading to clashes and disruptions across the country.

In response to the protests, police fired tear gas at the demonstrators, exacerbating the already volatile situation. ​​​​​​​

Odinga accused the police of injuring protesters during the clashes, emphasizing the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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