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06 Jul 2020 | 04:36 AM UTC

Kenya: Protesters set fire to police station after police shooting in Kisii county July 5

Kenya News Alert

Protesters set fire to police station after local resident killed by police in Kisii county on July 5; further unrest possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Kisii county

Event

Unrest spiraled in Kisii county on Sunday, July 5, after a police officer shot and killed a civilian in Rioma (Marani sub-county) over the sale of hand sanitizer. The police reportedly accused the individual of breeching coronavirus disease (COVID-19) guidelines and selling fake sanitizer. It is not clear how the situation then escalated to the police shooting the individual, but his death caused uproar in the local community. Running battles ensued between locals and police around the Rioma market and a section of the local police station was set on fire.

Further unrest is likely in the area over the near term.

Context

Kenyan police have been accused of killing at least 15 people while enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. Several previous incidents are already being investigated by the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IOPA).

Advice

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

 

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