Probe launched as 1 killed in Kenya anti-tax protest

World Friday 21/June/2024 16:33 PM
By: DW
Probe launched as 1 killed in Kenya anti-tax protest

Nairobi: One person was killed and at least 200 were injured in protests across Kenya, a police watchdog and rights groups said on Friday.

The East African country saw nationwide protests on Thursday against government plans to raise $2.7 billion (€2.5 billion) in taxes.

Five rights groups said in a joint statement that police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Among the groups were the London-based Amnesty International and the Kenya Medical Association.

The statement said that the presence of spent cartridges implied the use of live rounds by police.

Amnesty later said that over 100 protesters had been arrested.

"We commend the several thousands of protesters, many of whom are youthful, for picketing peacefully [and] exhibiting restraint and decorum despite provocation by police," the rights groups said.

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), a state authority set up to oversee and investigate policing operations, said on Friday that it had documented the death of a man "allegedly as a result of police shooting and several serious injuries suffered by other demonstrators including police officers." An investigation has been launched, the IPOA added.

News agencies cited a police report as saying that the 29-year-old man died as he was receiving treatment to a wound on his thigh.

Amnesty International spokesperson Mathias Kinyoda told the French AFP news agency that the man was shot as he was trying to run away from police.