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Kenya Post Election Deaths Now Over 600

From an oblivious Reuters:

An opposition protester sits upside down [sic] as he taunts the riot police in front of a burning roadblock in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, January 17, 2008.

Kenyan opposition accuses police of killing seven

Thu Jan 17, 2008

By C. Bryson Hull and Nick Tattersall

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s opposition accused police of killing seven people on Thursday during a second day of clashes with demonstrators protesting against President Mwai Kibaki’s disputed re-election.

In the capital Nairobi, and the western towns of Kisumu and Eldoret, police fired teargas and bullets during rallies called by opposition leader Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), but banned by police. More protests are planned on Friday.

Odinga, who accuses Kibaki of stealing victory in the December 27 ballot, said police shot dead seven people in the capital.

“Police are shooting innocent civilians at will … the government has turned this country into a killing field of innocents,” he told reporters.

Police had no immediate comment.

Witnesses saw three wounded men carried into a hospital in Nairobi’s huge Kibera slum. One died from gunshot wounds to the neck, the witnesses and doctors said.

In the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, a witness said police shot dead two men and a woman. Relatives of a 10-year-old boy shot on Wednesday said he had died in hospital.

Three other people were killed there on Wednesday, including a youth seen shot dead by police in footage broadcast on local television…

In three weeks since the vote, more than 600 people have died in killings and clashes between police and protesters…

More of the Democrats’ idea of election re-counts — writ large.

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