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Protests erupt across California over police violence but are tempered by Dallas massacre

Los Angeles Times

Protests were held across California on Friday -- with more planned this weekend -- to express concern about police violence but also to honor the officers killed in the Dallas massacre. The largest of the demonstrations was in downtown San Francisco, where an estimated 1,000 marchers gathered. A smaller demonstration was held at the Huntington Beach Pier. More than 200 people on Friday gathered outside the state Capitol for a small but passionate Black Lives Matter rally, hours after at least five Dallas police officers and multiple people were wounded in a sniper attack. No one association was behind the event, which was organized entirely on social media by social justice activists and residents rattled by the events in Dallas and the most recent fatal shootings by police of two African American men: Philando Castile, who was shot and killed in his car by a police officer in Minnesota, and Alton Sterling, who was shot several times while he was held on the ground by police outside a Louisiana convenience store.

Kenya police break up protest against electoral body

Al Jazeera

Kenyan police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters who had gathered to demand the resignation of a body supervising next year's presidential elections. Hundreds demonstrated on Monday in Nairobi near the office of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). They were demanding the disbandment of the electoral body, saying it would rig the 2017 presidential elections. Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi, reporting from Nairobi, said security was tight in the Kenyan capital after the protesters were dispersed but had vowed to gather every Monday. "The protesters were led by opposition leader Raila Odinga demanding the resignation of the electoral commission as they believe there is already a plan to rig next year's general elections in the favour of the ruling party," she said.

Ethiopia denies 'extreme' police violence at protests

Al Jazeera

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Tuesday that police had not used extreme violence against protesters and the government would investigate reports of such incidents. Speaking during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, the prime minister's remarks came as the country struggled with a wave of anti-government protests in which rights groups and the opposition say security forces have killed hundreds of people during demonstrations. As protests surged again, Ethiopia on Sunday declared its first state of emergency in 25 years, which state media said would last six months. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based rights group, has put the death toll at 500, while social media activists and some opposition groups have said it is much higher. The authorities say such estimates are exaggerated.

Zimbabwe police break up anti-Mugabe protest

Al Jazeera

Zimbabwe police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse several hundred protesters calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down, a week after the longtime ruler warned that protests "don't pay". Some 200 people had gathered in central Harare on Wednesday, carrying flowers for peace and holding posters reading "Mugabe Must Go", when baton-carrying police moved in. An AFP journalist reported seeing police officers beating protesters with batons, before firing on the crowd with tear gas. Images taken by wire agencies and posted on social media also showed several people beaten by police. Reuters reported that at least one of the protesters sustained deep cuts on the head from a baton beating.

Kenya police crack down on protesters

Al Jazeera

Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannon at stone-throwing protesters during a demonstration in the centre of Nairobi against an electoral oversight body, which the opposition wants to scrap. Officers on Monday, armed with batons, confronted hundreds of protesters outside the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the third such clash in less than a month. The opposition leader promised more protests. Kenya does not hold its next presidential and parliamentary polls until August 2017, but politicians are already trying to galvanise their supporters. The opposition CORD coalition, led by Raila Odinga who lost the 2013 vote, has accused the IEBC of bias.