Students in Kenya clash with police
NAIROBI - Stone-throwing students clashed with Kenyan riot police and paramilitary officers yesterday during a protest demanding the resignation of the police commissioner over the killings of a student and two activists last week.
More than 1,000 students marched peacefully through the city center, but the demonstration degenerated into violence after youths began throwing stones and looting shops. Taxi drivers threw stones back, sparking a stampede.
About 100 students eventually moved onto the main campus at the University of Nairobi and showered the police and passing traffic with stones. Police responded with tear gas and baton charges.
"We are ready to spend the night here to ensure the safety of people," said senior police officer Richard Mugwai.
The protesters carried banners and chanted slogans demanding the resignation of Police Commissioner Mohammed Hussein Ali. One sign read, "Killing a student is extrajudicial. . . . Ali, What more proof do you want? Resign."
The student was killed by police during a protest Thursday against the killing of the activists outside one of the residence halls at the University of Nairobi. Three policemen were arrested in the student's death.
The police commissioner has said that authorities were investigating all possibilities regarding the killings of the activists, whose deaths occurred a week after a UN specialist accused Kenya's police of running death squads and hours after the activists' denunciation by a government spokesman.
The police commissioner has repeatedly dismissed charges of police links to hit squads.