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A Leap To Freedom - 02 Dec 2014
Dozens of demonstrators rallied outside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office earlier this month, calling for the top security officials to step down after 28 people were killed in an ambush of a public bus claimed by Islamist militants.

As police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, one detained protester managed to break loose from the police truck and sprint to her freedom.
KENYA-PROTESTS/SECURITY
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November 25, 2014
A detained protester jumps from a police truck as she escapes after riot police released teargas to disperse...
Nairobi, Kenya
A detained protester jumps from a police truck as she escapes after riot police released teargas to disperse...
A detained protester jumps from a police truck as she escapes after riot police released teargas to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Kenya's capital Nairobi November 25, 2014.
Thomas Mukoya - More than 200 civil society protesters had gathered in the morning, singing the national anthem and carrying hundreds of wooden crosses to symbolise people killed in a series of attacks across the country.
Residents and well-wishers joined them, calling for the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Ole-Lenku to resign from their posts.
As armed police stood nearby, protesters dressed in red, white and black t-shirts with anti-security slogans chanted "Lenku must go!" "Kimaiyo must go!" and demanded that the president sack the duo.
Two anti-riot police trucks were strategically positioned to manage the protesters, mostly teenagers, as police threatened to disperse them for causing havoc and blocking traffic within Nairobi’s central business district.
The protest organisers then brought in empty coffins to mock the government’s offer to facilitate the burial of the 28 people killed in the latest attack.
Suddenly, the presence of the coffins changed the mood. A few people in the crowd set a pile of wooden crosses on fire, prompting the police to respond with teargas to disperse them.
Aware that they may be arrested, many protesters managed to run away apart from a young lady who was detained and held in one of the police lorries.
In an effort to disperse members of the media who were jostling to take photographs and video footage of the only detained protester, the riot police fired a tear-gas canister next to the truck and the woman managed to break loose, jump out and sprint to her freedom.
As I was choking from the tear gas, I stood not far from the anti-riot police lorry and continued shooting as she broke-off and fled. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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November 25, 2014
A detained protester escapes from a police truck after riot police released teargas to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve...
Nairobi, Kenya
A detained protester escapes from a police truck after riot police released teargas to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve...
A detained protester escapes from a police truck after riot police released teargas to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Kenya's capital Nairobi November 25, 2014. Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices on Tuesday, in the protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
KENYA-PROTESTS/SECURITY
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November 25, 2014
A police driver negotiates with protesters blocking traffic during the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration...
Nairobi, Kenya
A police driver negotiates with protesters blocking traffic during the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration...
A police driver negotiates with protesters blocking traffic during the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Kenya's capital Nairobi November 25, 2014. Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices on Tuesday, in the protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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November 25, 2014
A protester chants slogans during the #OccupyHarambeeAve protest in Kenya's capital Nairobi November...
Nairobi, Kenya
A protester chants slogans during the #OccupyHarambeeAve protest in Nairobi
A protester chants slogans during the #OccupyHarambeeAve protest in Kenya's capital Nairobi November 25, 2014. Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices on Tuesday, in the protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KENYA-PROTESTS/SECURITY
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November 25, 2014
A protester lies on top of wooden crosses, symbolising people killed in a series of attacks, during the...
Nairobi, Kenya
A protester lies on top of wooden crosses during the #OccupyHarambeeAve protest in Nairobi
A protester lies on top of wooden crosses, symbolising people killed in a series of attacks, during the #OccupyHarambeeAve protest in Kenya's capital Nairobi November 25, 2014. Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices on Tuesday, in the protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
KENYA-PROTESTS/SECURITY
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November 25, 2014
Wooden crosses, symbolising people killed in a series of attacks, are set ablaze by protesters during...
Nairobi, Kenya
Wooden crosses are set ablaze by protesters during the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Nairobi
Wooden crosses, symbolising people killed in a series of attacks, are set ablaze by protesters during the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Kenya's capital Nairobi November 25, 2014. Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices on Tuesday, in the protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
KENYA-PROTESTS/SECURITY
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November 25, 2014
A riot police officer fires a teargas canister to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Kenya's...
Nairobi, Kenya
A riot police officer fires a teargas canister to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Nairobi...
A riot police officer fires a teargas canister to disperse the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Kenya's capital Nairobi November 25, 2014. Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices on Tuesday, in the protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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November 25, 2014
Riot police officers remove a coffin left behind by protestors during the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration...
Nairobi, Kenya
Riot police officers remove a coffin left behind by protestors during the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration...
Riot police officers remove a coffin left behind by protestors during the #OccupyHarambeeAve demonstration in Kenya's capital Nairobi November 25, 2014. Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices on Tuesday, in the protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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