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Kenya draft constitution breeds more violence

[JURIST] At least five people were shot by police Saturday as violence again erupted in Kenya's Western Province over the country's highly controversial draft constitution [PDF text]. Security forces fired upon a crowd in the city of Kisumu while dispersing a riot during a pro-constitution rally held by four cabinet ministers. Police said mobs set fire to blockades they had erected across major highways, looted businesses and vehicles, and had attacked constitution supporters, injuring dozens. Saturday's violence follows riots last Thursday [JURIST report] in the city of Kakamega, where rioters injured dozens of constitution opponents. Critics of the draft constitution say it vests too much authority in the president, and fails to properly separate church and state. AFP has more.

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