Kenya police tear-gas hunger demonstrations

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Posted: Jul 07, 2011 8:25 AM
Kenya police tear-gas hunger demonstrations

A civil rights activist says police have tear gassed several hundred protesters marching toward the offices of Kenya's president and prime minister to demand action over a growing hunger crisis.

Dinah Awuor Agar, the president of a group of low-wage workers known as the People's Parliament, said Thursday that the demonstrators were holding a peaceful procession when riot police confronted them.

Agar said police chased down demonstrators, beat them with batons and arrested them despite the fact Kenya's new constitution allows peaceful demonstrations.

Charles Owino, a police spokesman, says police dispersed the protesters because the demonstration is illegal. East Africa has been hard hit by drought a rising food prices.