Hundreds of Kenyan protesters demanding an end to lockdowns and curfews put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus on Wednesday collided with the police in Nairobi, the capital city.
As part of the nation’s efforts to combat COVID-19, a nationwide curfew from 22:00 – 04:00 local time was imposed, internal travel to parts of western Kenya was banned while public gatherings are currently prohibited until at least July 27.
Demonstrators also called for an end to “police brutality” in the country, particularly towards younger people.
Responding to the demonstrations, police shot live bullets into the air and threw teargas and made several arrests.
As at July 7, the east African country has confirmed 186, 959 COVID-19 cases and 3,705 fatalities.
1, 511, 693 people of a population of about 55 million have been vaccinated.