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In pictures: Kenyan police battle protesters


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Kenyan police clash with opposition protesters.

In pictures: Kenyan police battle protesters

Kenyan police clash with opposition protesters.

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Kenyan police used tear gas and water cannon on Monday to disperse opposition supporters demanding a change of leadership at the electoral commission ahead of a vote due next year.

Local media reported at least one killed in Kisumu in the west of the country, while police in Nairobi and the second city of Mombasa fought running battles with small groups of protesters.

The opposition CORD party claimed several people killed, but there was no immediate police confirmation of any casualties.

The opposition claimed in a statement that its supporters were "killed in various parts of the country," without giving a number



Police had banned the planned demonstrations



The clashes followed violent protests in the city centre last week and the acrid smell of tear gas filled the city's usually traffic-clogged streets



They used water cannon to douse people who did not move quickly enough along a nearby pedestrian overpass



In Nairobi's Kibera slum, police faced off with dozens of demonstrators who blocked the road with burning tyres, with some hurling rocks



Police also fired tear gas cannisters and stun grenades to disperse groups of prosters


"Innocent Kenyans have lost lives today," opposition CORD party leader Raila Odinga told reporters



 "We must condemn this in the strongest terms possible," added Odinga







This woman carrying a child walks past riot policemen during the demonstration



Riot policemen run past timid-looking school children during the clashes



While a protester carrying a rock walks casually past a barricade of burning tyres, this child is hurriedly led away from the chaos













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