College students in the Kenyan
capital, Nairobi, fought running street battles with police on July 18
and 19 after a Nairobi University student was killed in what police said
was a bhang (marijuana) arrest gone bad. Students threw rocks at
police and blocked Uhuru Highway, Nairobi's main thoroughfare, over a two-day
period. Police responded with volleys of tear gas. BBC News
reported that the situation had calmed by Saturday.
"We are angry, we want revenge,"
the students chanted, charging police lines.
The rioting, the worst in
more than a year, came as students learned that fellow student David Sila
Kimuyu had been shot and killed in an on-campus drug raid on July 17.
Police claimed they came across a group of students smoking bhang in a
wooded area on campus, one of whom they had to shoot after he lunged at
him with a knife.
Some students rejected the
police version of events. "The police planted the evidence that there
was bhang," one student told BBC. "Our colleague was shot, but there
is no issue of bhang."
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Issue #247, 7/26/02
Editorial: Silliness on the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board | State Supreme Court Upholds California's Proposition 215, San Francisco Prepares to Grow Own Medical Marijuana Supply | British Decrim Move Inspires US Editorialists | Transnational Radical Party Takes Aim at Russian Drug Laws | Capitol Hill Press Conference Calls for States' Rights to Medical Marijuana | Libertarian Party Plans Offensive Against Drug Warriors | Newsbrief: Dutch Cannabis Café Chains Vow to Invade Britain | Newsbrief: Cancer Pain Inadequately Treated, Says NIH | Newsbrief: Democratic Presidential Candidate Plays Crime Card -- Calls for Parole End, More Drug Testing for Probationers | Newsbrief: Narcocorridos Banned in Baja California | Newsbrief: Kenyan Students Riot Over Deadly Marijuana Bust | Newsbrief: Portland, Maine, Moving to Provide Anti-Overdose Drug to Addicts, EMTs | Newsbrief: Coked-Out Judge Busted | Newsbrief: Budget Crisis Kills Connecticut Drug Courts | Newsbrief: Bad Week for Marijuana Police -- Two Dead, One Injured in Accidents | Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision | Addictions Discrimination Panel Seeking Testimony | Addendum: Jeff and Tracy | The Reformer's Calendar
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