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12 Jun 2020 | 07:53 AM UTC

Kenya: Protesters Burn Police Station in Naivasha (Nakuru County) on June 11

Kenya News Alert

Police camp in Naivasha (Nakuru County) burned on June 11 in protest over police brutality; potential for further unrest in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/14/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Naivasha, Nakuru County

Event

Protesters set fire to a police camp in the Nakuru County town of Naivasha on Thursday, June 11, during a demonstration against alleged police brutality. Eight police officers were forced to flee their accommodation after fires were started outside an inspector's residence in the morning (local time) attack, although there were no injuries reported. The fires were extinguished by local fire services, but the camp accommodation was severely damaged in the blaze.

Further demonstrations over the issue are likely in the near term.

Context

Thursday's incident came amid protests in several areas of Kenya over alleged police brutality during the country's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown. According to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), at least 15 people have been killed by police enforcing the lockdown measures, although no officers have yet been charged. Tensions over the issue have been increasing in recent days after video footage of a woman being assaulted and dragged behind a motorcycle by a police officer in Olenguruone, Nakuru County, began circulating on social media on Sunday, June 7. Three police officers and a fourth person linked to the incident have been placed under investigation, but demonstrations have been held in several areas calling for more police accountability.

Advice

Those in Kenya are advised to monitor developments, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings, anticipate a heightened security presence near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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