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27 Jun 2024


Kenya: Activists urge govt' to restore internet access during unrest

"Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest"

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition strongly condemn the ongoing disruption of internet access and increased crackdown on the people of Kenya amid protests.

"Restricting access to the internet during protests is a flagrant violation of fundamental rights and a threat to people’s safety both online and off. The government of Kenya must take measures to ensure that access to the internet and essential communications platforms is guaranteed across the country in times of crisis."

On June 18, 2024, nationwide protests broke out in Kenya opposing the 2024 Finance Bill, which imposes heavy taxes on essential goods. Mobilizers called for peaceful protest today, June 25, as parliament passed the bill. Tensions have quickly escalated, and police have violently cracked down on protesters using water cannons, tear gas, and shooting live rounds into crowds. At approximately 3:00 pm local time, a group of protesters breached the parliament building in Nairobi and part of the building caught fire. At least five people have been reported dead, and emergency service providers have reported being unable to provide adequate medical assistance as the situation continues to escalate.

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Protests in Kenya: Alleged breach of privacy to aid surveillance, denial of access to information & consumer boycott; includes Safaricom's comments

Kenya: Internet services disrupted amid anti-tax protests