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Kenya protesters vow to march again

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Kenyan protest organizers have issued a rallying cry for renewed peaceful marches against widely condemned tax increases, following a surge in nationwide demonstrations that have resulted in 22 deaths, according to a state-funded human rights organization that has pledged to conduct a thorough investigation.

Tensions escalated dramatically on Tuesday when police fired upon demonstrators who breached parliament. The protests, initially led by youth groups, began peacefully last week but grew in intensity as thousands mobilized against the government’s proposed tax hikes.

The unprecedented events saw parts of parliament set ablaze and left many injured, shocking the nation and prompting President William Ruto’s administration to deploy military forces. Despite the turmoil, parliament passed the controversial bill containing the tax increases on Tuesday afternoon, pending Ruto’s signature for it to become law.

In response, protest leaders have called for further demonstrations on Thursday, adamantly demanding the withdrawal of the bill.

“Tomorrow we will peacefully march again, dressed in white to honor all those we have lost,” declared Hanifa Adan, a prominent organizer, in a statement broadcast on X. “You cannot silence all of us.”

The protests have highlighted deep-seated public discontent over the government’s economic policies, which critics argue unfairly burden ordinary citizens while sparing the wealthy. The outcry has galvanized a diverse coalition of activists, students, and ordinary citizens who are united in their demand for accountability and change.

The government’s heavy-handed response to the demonstrations has drawn widespread condemnation both domestically and internationally, with human rights groups expressing alarm over the use of force against unarmed protesters.

President Ruto, facing mounting pressure, has called for calm and pledged to address the grievances that have fueled the protests. However, skepticism remains high among demonstrators who view the government’s actions as insufficient and insincere.

In addition to the casualties, the protests have caused significant damage to public infrastructure and institutions, exacerbating an already tense political climate in Kenya.

Observers warn that the unrest could have far-reaching implications for the country’s stability and economic outlook, as investors and international partners closely monitor developments.

Despite the risks, protest leaders remain undeterred, viewing the demonstrations as a crucial avenue for voicing dissent and pressing for meaningful change. Social media platforms have been instrumental in organizing and amplifying the protests, circumventing traditional media channels that are often subject to government influence.

As preparations for Thursday’s march intensify, organizers are urging participants to remain disciplined and peaceful, emphasizing that their cause is rooted in justice and the pursuit of a fairer society for all Kenyans.

The coming days are expected to be pivotal in determining the government’s response to the escalating crisis, with all eyes on President Ruto and his administration’s willingness to engage with protesters’ demands.

For now, the streets of Kenya’s cities and towns remain tense but filled with determination, as protesters prepare to once again make their voices heard and assert their rights in the face of adversity.

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