Kenya: Activists Protesting Rights Violations in Sudan Tear-Gased

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Kenya Human Rights Commission Executive Director George Kegoro pictured with Central Police Station OCS, Simon Kerich.

Nairobi — Police on Wednesday lobbed teargas to disperse activists protesting against human rights violations in Sudan, just as they were leaving Uhuru Park’s Freedom corner.

The activists led by Kenya Human Rights Commission Executive Director George Kegoro had just started the march, hoping to deliver a petition to Parliament, when police tear-gased them.

The defiant protesters who were joined by Sudanese nationals living in the country however declined to disperse and instead started singing Kenya’s national anthem while others started chants against the continued military rule in Sudan.

According to Kegoro, police had been notified of the march and even granted the protesters a permit.

Central Officer Commanding Station Simon Kerich however restricted the gathering by the protesters to Uhuru Park.

The activists were protesting the recent killing of at least a hundred civilians by the Sudanese security forces early this month when the military cracked down on a sit-in by pro-democracy protesters, outside army headquarters in the Capital Khartoum.