Kenya Covid-19 Crisis: Protesters clash with police over curfews

Some Africans, if not many, do not believe or accept the fact that there’s some disease called Covid-19 roaming about the continent taking lives and putting people on house arrest.

A group of demonstrators in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, provoked by lockdowns and curfews clashed with the police demanding for an end to restrictions of movement. 

The protesters boldly extended their demand to include putting an end to police brutality in Kenya placing emphasis on how youths are being harassed by the law enforcement agency.

“We are here to talk about our youth the way they have been murdered, the way they are suffering,” one among the demonstrators said.

KENYAN POLICE RESPONSE DURING THE COVID-19 CURFEW CLASH

It seems the police borrowed from the same response as in the case of EndSars police in Nigeria last year.

Kenyan police shot live bullets into the air including throwing tear gas to disrupt the protest. The police also arrested some of the demonstrators.

Rather than meet their demands, the government has prohibited public gatherings and imposed a nationwide curfew from 22:00 until 04:00 local time until at least July 27 as part of its restrictions to combat Covid-19.

In addition, internal travel to parts of western Kenya has also been suspended for now, until at least July 27.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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