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Election protests intensify in Kenya, government warns agitators [Photos]

Election protests intensify in Kenya, government warns agitators [Photos]

Kenya

Hundreds of opposition supporters have hit the streets of Kenya’s capital Nairobi in protest against provisional election results which have been disputed by the main opposition candidate Raila Odinga.

The protesters who blocked roads with stones and burning tyres started the protest after Odinga announced that the preliminary results were “fictitious and fake”, and that the electoral commission’s system was hacked.

Riot police dispersed the chanting protesters in the port city of Kisumu with teargas before the protest erupted in the slums of Mathare in Nairobi where they protesters threw stones.

Acting Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i has called on agitators, especially on social media to refrain from spreading false information that will endanger national security.

“This of course includes our behaviour and our conduct on social media. Because we have seen, you know, very aggressive social media activity, this morning, including claims of riots or claims of unrest, which are not true,” he told the media.

Two protesters are reported to have died at Mathare. The cause of their death is unknown.

Below are some photos of protests in Kisumu and Mathare, courtesy Reuters.

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