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Protests continue in Kenya against tax law, 39 protesters killed in police firing

The live ink desk. At least 39 people have been killed in police firing during a nationwide protest against the new tax law in Kenya. According to local media reports, the warnings of the government and security agencies are not having any effect on the citizens.

Due to this protest, a lockdown-like atmosphere is being seen in many parts of the country. This protest against the new tax law has been going on for three weeks.

According to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, 39 people have been killed and 361 injured in nationwide protests against the tax law in Kenya. Apart from this, 32 people are missing.

627 protesters have been arrested. Concerned about the deteriorating law and order, the Supreme Court of Kenya has ordered the government to deploy security forces in sensitive areas.

It is worth noting that the Finance Bill 2024 was introduced in Kenya in May. It is proposed to impose heavy taxes on everyday items. Voting took place in the parliament on this bill. Out of about 195 MPs, 106 voted in its favour.

As soon as this was known, protests started. The angry mob set the parliament on fire. To control the situation, the police had to fire tear gas shells. Kenya’s President William Ruto has said that a strict stand will be taken against violence and anarchy.

India is worried about the ongoing violent protests in Kenya. 80 thousand to one lakh Indians live in Kenya.

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