Protesters storm parliament in Kenya – one dead


Lerato Khumalo

Protests against a new law in Kenya have escalated. At least one person has been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators.

During protests against a new tax law, demonstrators stormed the parliament grounds in the Kenyan city of Nairobi on Tuesday. Police vehicles were set on fire, as was part of the parliament building. The police in the East African country used tear gas, water cannon and live ammunition against the demonstrators. According to the Kenyan Human Rights Commission, one demonstrator was fatally shot and at least three people suffered gunshot wounds.

Several hundred people broke through the barriers around the parliament. Television images showed broken windows and destruction in the parliament building. At this time, the third reading of the controversial tax law was taking place in parliament. Many people fear that the law will further increase the cost of living. Churches and business people have also spoken out against the law.

The protests had started peacefully. However, the mood became increasingly heated after the police cracked down. During the storming of parliament, hundreds of demonstrators remained peacefully outside the parliament.