Protests in Nairobi over Kenya government's tax hikes | BBC News

Protests in Nairobi over Kenya government's tax hikes | BBC News



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Protesters have taken to the streets in Nairobi, Kenya, to challenge the government over a series of unpopular tax proposals – including a 16% levy on bread.

On Tuesday, hundreds of protestors – most of them younger people – braved tear gas lobbed by police to march through the capital, Nairobi, bringing the city’s central business district to a standstill.

The government had earlier defended the tax hikes, which had been projected to raise $2.7bn (£2.1bn), saying they were needed to cut reliance on external borrowing.

MPs are now debating the revised bill and are expected to vote on it next Tuesday.

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