Kenyan Police Crack Down on Protesters as Voting in Presidential Election Begins

StoryfulNewsPublished: October 26, 2017
Published: October 26, 2017

Kenyan police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in the Nairobi neighborhood of Kibera on October 26, the day of the country’s disputed presidential election. At Olympic Primary School, where the biggest polling station in the area was, youths believed to be allied to the National Super Alliance (NASA), whose leader Raila Odinga has urged a boycott, began barricading roads shortly after voting began at 6 am. They threw stones and bottles at police, reports said, shattering the windows of the school and leading to police firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The violence spread to surrounding areas around the school. The incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, was expected to win the election, which is a rerun of an August poll that was annulled by the Supreme Court. Local media were reporting a low voter turnout, with pictures circulating online of some empty stations. Credit: Twitter/Aldrin Sampear via Storyful

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