Police in Kenya fired tear gas and bullets towards a gorup of men who beat women attending an election meeting. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Kenyan police in the western city of Kisumu fired tear gas and bullets in the air on Wednesday (September 13) to disperse young men who broke into a hotel and beat women attending an election meeting, meeting participants said. Kenya held presidential, legislative and local elections on August 8, but three weeks later the Supreme Court nullified the presidential result, citing irregularities in the tallying process. A re-run isystem.scripts.system.scripts.s scheduled for October 17. On Wednesday, a Christian women's organization was holding a meeting related to the election re-run when the men broke into the hotel where they were meeting, said a participant who did not give her name. The region is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Rumours has been circulating on social media and WhatsApp that the women's meeting was intended to plan the renting of voter identification cards, a rigging tactic alleged by the opposition ahead of last month's election, where online hoaxes and fake stories were alleged from all sides. Participants in the meeting denied that was the purpose and said they were meeting to see how to encourage peaceful voting.