Seeds: Ever since Britain “gave up” Kenya in the 1960’s, the country has maintained a certain degree of peace, especially considering her neighbors include South Sudan (where there is currently a civil war taking place, and not in the fun Captain America way) and Somalia (where a significant presence of the Al Qaeda affiliate, Al Shabaab, exists). However, the peace is not absolute, as protests have taken place every week for the past three weeks over the activities of polling officials. The protesters oppose the current president, and state that polling officials that proceeded over his election are biased and need to be removed.
Core: The protests quickly turned violent. Police fired tear gas into the crowds, blasted them with water canons, and hit protesters with batons.
Skin: The hashtag #StopPoliceBrutality was trending after pictures of the victims in these riots were released, prompting international outrage. Both the U.S. Embassy and Amnesty International condemned the violence.
Leaves: Although the country has maintained a semblance of peace, it is no doubt that corruption plagues the nation. Bribery within the government and law enforcement is commonplace, so for many, the protests seem legitimate. These most recent protests have brought to light two problems in Kenya that pervade several African countries: the lack of right to assemble and protest peacefully, and also widespread governmental corruption.
Food For Thought: Do you think that other countries have police brutality issues? Do you think that this one story is indicative of a wider problem that doesn’t get as much media attention?