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Thousands Protest in Nairobi over Kenyan Media Raid


Thousands of Kenyans demonstrated in Nairobi Tuesday to protest last week's police raids on a national media company.

At least 2000 people, including opposition lawmakers from the Orange Democratic Movement, took part in the demonstrations. Several called for high-ranking officials to resign.

Kenyan police say Thursday's raids on the Standard newspaper and the Kenya Television Network were a matter of national security.

But several members of President's Mwai Kibaki's cabinet condemned the raids and the country's press called the actions shameful thuggery.

Witnesses say police confiscated equipment and burned thousands of copies of newspapers during the raids.

The National Security Minister, John Michuki, defended the raids, saying "if you rattle a snake, you must be prepared to be bitten by it" alluding to the Standard's often critical coverage of the government.

Both outlets have now resumed their operations.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP .
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