Anti-Tax Hike Protesters Stormed Kenya’s Parliament, Lives Lost

Five lives lost after thousands of anti-tax hike protesters stormed Kenya’s parliament

Anti-Tax Hike Protesters Stormed Kenya’s Parliament, Lives Lost. Five protesters were shot dead and dozens wounded in increasing anti-tax hike protests despite the assurance by the government that the right to assembly would be protected and eased.

The Tuesday protest quickly resulted in dozens of casualties after police clashed with protesters who stormed the parliament compound in Nairobi.

Although the government had initially assured Kenyans that their right to assembly would be protected, the military was later deployed to assist police, who earlier fired tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and — according to a rights group — live ammunition against protesters.

Several nations including Canada, Germany, Britain, and America has expressed dismay over the brutal scenes witnessed outside the Kenyan Parliament”.

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Anti-Tax Hike Protesters Stormed Kenya’s Parliament, Lives Lost: The incident

On Tuesday, 25th of June, 2024, a part of Kenya’s parliament building was set on fire as thousands of protesters against a new finance bill stormed the building and legislators fled, in what can be described as the most direct assault on the government in decades.

There had been demands that legislators vote against the controversial bill that aims to impose new taxes on a country that has been enduring a high cost of living for years.

The legislators, on the other hand, decided to vote to pass the bill, resulting in protesters circumventing the police to enter the building.

The protests which had been mostly peaceful turned chaotic when crowds began throwing stones at the police before pushing past barricades and eventually entering the grounds of Kenya’s parliament.

As protesters gained entrance, many were livestreaming the action as they sang and beat drums.

Lawmakers escaped through a tunnel, but protesters allowed legislators who voted against the bill to exit the surrounded building.

Also part of the damage was the office of the Nairobi governor, a member of the ruling party, which is located near parliament.

Police water cannons were being used to douse the fire. Protesters could be heard yelling, “We’re coming for every politician.”

Things got even more out of hand when police officers fired live ammunition and threw tear-gas canisters at protesters who sought treatment at a medical tent assembled at a church close to the parliament complex.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission posted a visual recording of officers shooting at protesters and vowed to bring them to account.

Rights watchdogs have also accused the government of kidnapping protesters.

According to the Kenya Human Rights Commission, the abductions had largely happened at night and were carried out by police officers in civilian clothes and unmarked cars.

There have been demands for the unconditional release of all abductees but Police are yet to make any comment.


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