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Kenyan Police have used tear gas to disperse what they say was an illegal meeting of striking air traffic controllers at a park in the capital, Nairobi.

A police spokesman says officers moved in on the strikers Monday because the group had failed to give proper notice of the meeting. The Reuters news service reports 15 of the strikers were arrested at the scene.

The aviation workers are demanding higher pay and better working conditions as well as the separation of the agency that employs the air traffic controllers from the civil service.

Monday, the Kenyan government published a bill that would separate the Directorate of Civil Aviation from the government, in line with the strikers demands.

The Kenyan government has fired at least 32 of the striking workers and at least another 82 have been suspended as the strike moves into its second week.

Retired air traffic controllers and managers Managers have been filling the void at airport control towers around the country.

(Reuters, Kenya East Af. Standard, files)