*Its a rare thing to hear about children protesting about anything. We don’t really give them credit for being wise enough to know about such things.
But on Monday children in Nairobi, Kenya took a stand to protect their school’s playground, which was said to be confiscated by a powerful politician. But as they protested the take, Kenyan police tear-gassed them. This according to what a a Kenyan human rights activist told the Associated Press.
The Langata Road Primary School students, said to be between six and 13 years of age, were front and center among those pulling down a wall that had been put in place around the playground that was acquired by a private developer said to be a powerful politician, said Boniface Mwangi.
Government officials are said to be scared of the politician, and have no power against these forces trying to take the playground according to Mwangi. Television footage showed children, some being carried away, writhing in pain, screaming and choking because of the tear-gas. Police officers later brought dogs to the playground.
While there was no police spokesman available to comment on the matter, Elijah Mwangi, who was responsible for the officers at the school, said he was only following orders. The playground is being acquired to construct a parking lot for a hotel belonging to the politician that will be adjacent to the school, according to opposition politician Eliud Owalo.
“This is brutality beyond words and greed beyond description. It is difficult to believe that police can actually deploy against primary school children and lob tear gas at them to defend a land grabber. This image of a nation determined to steal forcefully from its own children cannot be what we aspire to. It cannot be the legacy we want to bequeath the children,” said opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Allegations of land seizures by Kenyan officials has become a controversial issue in the country.
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