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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Police shoot dead 7 in Peaceful protest

Kenya police have shot dead 7 people in the second day of peaceful protests in Kenya. On the first day of the protests on Wednesday, at least four people were killed, one of them caught on camera for the world to see as an over zealous police man executed him in close range using an AK-47 assault rifle, then proceeded to kick him in the head as he lay on the ground, convulsing to death. (See next post)

The government has not yet commented on casualty figures but spokesman Alfred Ng'ang'a Mutua repeated the president's call for the opposition to take its protest to the courts. Kenyan authorities say more than 600 people have died in violence since President Mwai Kibaki was illegitimately and illegally declared the victor in the elections held in December, but Raila told reporters on Thursday that more than 1,000 people have died. ODM spokesman Salim Lone told Associated Press news agency: "Our rallies will continue until the government sits down with us and seeks a solution... calling off rallies would be admitting defeat."

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