Working Class Neighborhood in Kenya Resists Eviction

Published May 12, 2020

Working Class Neighborhood in Kenya Resists Eviction

Protesters stormed the streets of Nairobi’s Kariobangi neighborhood on Friday, burning cars and erecting barricades.

Police fired tear gas and live ammunition, which injured at least one civilian. The clashes took place after city officials demolished homes and shops built on government-owned land.

Many residents had lived on this land for more than a decade. A court had ruled a few days earlier in favor of the residents to stop the demolitions, but the authorities still carried out the demolitions. At least 5,000 people were left homeless after the government operation.