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Kenya students clash with police during protest

 A man, right, and a student leader, left, beg students not to harm his truck containing water, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Na...
 Students run through the streets, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyan university students are prot...
 Students shout slogans demanding the police chief resign, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyan univ...
 Students sit down at a traffic circle, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyan university students are...
 Students carry tree branches as they run through the streets, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyan ...
 Para military police on alert after they accidently driven through a student march, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Keny...

KENYA STUDENT PROTEST

A man, right, and a student leader, left, beg students not to harm his truck containing water, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Na...

KENYA STUDENT PROTEST

Students run through the streets, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyan university students are prot...

KENYA STUDENT PROTEST

Students shout slogans demanding the police chief resign, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyan univ...

KENYA STUDENT PROTEST

Students sit down at a traffic circle, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyan university students are...

KENYA STUDENT PROTEST

Students carry tree branches as they run through the streets, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyan ...

KENYA STUDENT PROTEST

Para military police on alert after they accidently driven through a student march, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 during a student protest in Nairobi, Keny...

Stone-throwing students clashed with Kenyan riot police and paramilitary officers on Tuesday during a protest demanding the resignation of the police commissioner over the killings of a student and two activists last week.
Over 1,000 students peacefully marched through the city center but the demonstration degenerated into violence after youths began throwing stones and looting shops. Taxi drivers began throwing stones back, sparking a stampede among pedestrians.
Around a hundred students eventually moved onto the main campus at the University of Nairobi and showered the police and passing traffic with stones. Police responded with tear gas and baton charges.
"We are ready to spend the night here to ensure the safety of people," said senior police officer Richard Mugwai.
The protesters carried banners and chanted slogans demanding the resignation of Police Commissioner Mohammed Hussein Ali. One sign read: "Killing a student is extrajudicial ... Ali, What more proof do you want? Resign."
The student was killed by police during a protest Thursday against the killing of the activists outside one of the residence halls at the University of Nairobi. Three policemen were arrested over the student's death.
The police commissioner has said that authorities were investigating all possibilities regarding the killings of the activists, whose deaths came a week after a U.N. expert accused Kenya's police of running death squads during a crackdown on the notorious Mungiki gang and hours after their denunciation by a government spokesman.
The police commissioner has repeatedly dismissed charges of police links to hit squads.
The government has only been in power for a year but it is already embroiled in a series of financial scandals at a time when the price of staple foods is rocketing and millions of Kenyans are at risk of hunger. Cabinet ministers are trading blame over the scandals and already jockeying for position for the next elections in 2012.
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Associated Press Writer Tom Odula contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-04-13 22:52 GMT+08:00