Photos: Police Brutalize Protesters in Kenya #stoppolicebrutality.
Kenyan riot policeman repeatedly kicks a protester as he lies in the
street after tripping over while trying to flee from them, during a
protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya
Widely viewed pictures and video of a protester being kicked by
Kenyan riot police as he lay on the ground have caused a stir in this
East Africa country, prompting debate on police brutality and civil
The US and human rights activists are condemning the
violence displayed by Kenyan police who on Monday beat up opposition
supporters protesting for election reforms ahead of polls next year.
one incident that has stirred anger and condemnation across Kenya, a
policeman is seen beating and kicking one protester who had fallen on a
road curb in the chaotic scenes after police fired tear gas to disperse a
crowd in the capital, Nairobi. More pics after cut... We at FOB Condemn this brutality by the government of President President Uhuru Kenyatta
US "deplores the excessive use of force by the Kenyan security services
and the violence around the demonstrations" near the offices of Kenya's
"We urge the security services to exercise
restraint during demonstrations and to protect the rights of free
speech, assembly and political participation guaranteed by the Kenyan
constitution," said the statement attributed to Robert F. Godec, US
ambassador to Kenya.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Kenya National
Commission on Human Rights said it was "particularly dismayed by the
gory scenes" as police tried to subdue protesters and said the actions
by the security forces amounted to serious rights abuses. Kenyans took
to social media to voice their reactions under the hashtag #stoppolicebrutality.
riot police dispersed the opposition demonstration on Monday, much of
the downtown area was covered with white clouds of tear gas. Police then
went through the streets chasing protesters, beating them with sticks
In a nearby building where protesters and bystanders
had taken refuge, police went into the building flushing them out toward
waiting colleagues who beat many with wooden clubs and kicked them as
they tried to flee.
The man seen being kicked and beaten with
sticks by three separate police officers in the widely viewed video and
photos, was initially reported as having died on Tuesday by Kenyan
media, but was later located alive in Nairobi's Kibera slum and named as
36-year-old Boniface Manono, by local radio station Capital FM.
'I thank God that I am alive'
said at first he managed to escape the waiting police, he ran across
the street but was pursued and collapsed against a curb. As he lay
motionless on the ground the riot policeman who had pursued him beat him
with a stick eight times until the stick broke in half, and then
continued to kick him half a dozen times, while two other police joined
in. Eventually another officer walked up and directed the police to move
away, leaving Manono lying in the street.
"I thank God that I am
alive. I could have died," said Manono. "When I saw the way I was kicked
this afternoon actually it shocked me that it was so bad."
protest was led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who lost the
most recent election to
President Uhuru Kenyatta. Odinga has said he
doesn't believe the current election commission is credible, and is
vowing to hold protests every Monday until the commissioners are removed
Amnesty International urged Kenyan authorities to facilitate peaceful assembly and condemned the violence.
brutal beatings by police yesterday amount to arbitrary and abusive use
of force, which is illegal under Kenyan, regional and international
law," said Muthoni Wanyeki, a regional officer for Amnesty
riot police officers hold batons as they detain a suspected supporter
of the Kenya's opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD),
during a protest in Nairobi
opposition supporter is beaten with a wooden club by riot police as he
tries to flee, during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya.
Opposition supporters climb over a fence into the University of Nairobi campus