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Monday, 19 January 2015

Police in Kenyan tear-gas protesting children



Kenyan police have fired tear gas at children protesting against the seizure of their school playground by a property developer.
Around 100 primary school children and a small group of activists pushed over a newly built wall that separated playing fields and the school buildings, close to the capital Nairobi's main domestic airport on Monday.
Around 40 armed police accompanied by dogs dispersed the protesters by firing tear gas canisters, an AFP news agency photographer at the scene said.
Dozens of children were caught in choking clouds of tear gas before being forced to shelter on a pedestrian bridge over the main road to escape the noxious fumes.
Macharia Njeru, chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, said the incident would be investigated.
"Teargassing children is inexcusable," he said.
Renowned activist Boniface Mwangi said a "school playground is a necessity, not a privilege".

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