Gas Canister Fired at Anti-Election Protesters Hurling Objects in Nairobi

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

Police pushed back protesters attempting to block a polling station in Kibera, Kenya, on October 26, ahead of voting in a presidential election rerun, local reports said. Robert Nagila, a journalist in Kibera, said protesters used rocks to block the road leading to the polling station at the Olympic Primary School in Nairobi. These were removed by police and the protesters were pushed back, he said. The footage here, shared by photojournalist Noor Khamis, is said to show a tear-gas canister landing next to a group of protesters hurling objects. The day before the election, opposition leader Raila Odinga told a crowd of supporters in Nairobi that Kenyans who “value democracy and justice” should boycott the vote. His opponent, President Uhuru Kenyatta, is seeking a second term in office and has urged Kenyans to vote. The repeat election was ordered by the Supreme Court after judges nullified the results of August elections on procedural grounds. The protests in Kibera were among a number of clashes on Thursday morning, with local media reporting that police fired tear gas and live bullets in the air to disperse groups of young men throwing stones in Kisumu. Credit: Instagram/Noor Khamis via Storyful

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