In a shocking incident at the Central Police station in Nairobi, Kenyan police demonstrated excessive use of force by tear-gassing former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and a group of human rights activists.
Mutunga and his colleagues had gathered at the police station to demand the immediate and unconditional release of at least 75 individuals who were caught in the Saba Saba protests that took place yesterday.
The events that unfolded highlight a disturbing pattern of violence exhibited by the Kenyan Police towards the public, despite the constitutional right to peaceful picketing.
This incident adds to the growing concerns regarding the treatment of citizens involved in protests, with reports of live bullets being fired, beatings, arbitrary arrests, and the use of water cannons and tear gas to disperse peaceful demonstrators.
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, known for his commitment to human rights and judicial reforms during his tenure, arrived at the Central Police station accompanied by a group of activists to demand the immediate release of those detained during the protests.
However, instead of engaging in dialogue or addressing the concerns raised, the police responded with tear gas, affecting Mutunga and the activists present.
This incident has sparked outrage among human rights organizations, civil society groups, and the general public, who view it as an alarming indication of the deteriorating state of democracy and human rights in Kenya.
Critics argue that the use of excessive force by the police is a direct violation of citizens’ rights and serves to intimidate and silence dissenting voices.
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