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Kenya Playground Protest: Police Fire Tear Gas at Children

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 04:26 PM

Police in Kenya fired tear gas at children protesting the loss of their playground Monday as developers plan to turn it into a parking lot.

"Apparently a level of force which is not commensurate to the persons involved was used," police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi said, according to Reuters.

Students were attempting to knock down a wall that surrounded the playground, Reuters said. Eight children were injured in the incident.

The school in Nairobi has about 1,000 students ages 3 to 14, the BBC reported. Teachers and activists also participated in the protest. Some of the children waved sticks at riot police, and one police officer was injured by a stone thrown by a protester.

About 100 children, ages 8 to 13, participated in protest, according to The Telegraph. About 40 armed police officers with dogs responded to the scene.

Two activists were arrested, The Telegraph said.

The incident is being investigated.

"Tear-gassing children is inexcusable," Macharia Njeru, chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, said, according to The Telegraph.

Kenya’s internal security chief Joseph Ole Nkaissery criticized activists for enlisting the school children.

The story spark an outcry on Twitter, with many using the hashtag #OccupyPlayGround.













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