Clashes Erupt for Second Day in Kenya

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Political riots rocked Kenya Thursday.

Protests over a disputed election are happening across the country. There's no end in sight to the deadly demonstrations.

Click the play button for a Newswatch interview with Chris Hennemeyer, from the International Foundation for Election Systems.

"We want peace! We want peace!" is shouted in the streets and is in the headlines.

Kenyans want peace after weeks of violence following what many call a "rigged election" at the end of December.

The incumbant president Mwai Kibaki claimed the victory over his opponent Raila Odinga, leaving thousands of Kenyans very angry.

"People are angered with the theft of the result of the elections. People will not let go of their democratic rights that they have voiced. People will not accept an imposed president; they want their people's president," said Najib Balala, ODM Leader.

And that anger has spilled into the streets, sparking tribal clashes.

"What we want - Kibaki should resign because he took the executive without the mandate of Kenyans," said James Ochiel, a demonstrator.

The price for calling on his resignation has been steep. More than 600 Kenyans have died in the last few weeks in riots and ethnic killings.

Last week, a church was burned down with about 50 women and children inside.

Thousands of Kenyans have been praying for an end to the violence.

"I believe Kenya is more important than Raila-Kibaki because these are individuals and Kenya is a country that will outlive either of them," said local businessman Frederick Kisomo.

Odinga called for three days of demonstrations that began Wednesday.

"Our rallies will continue until the government sits down with us and seeks a solution," opposition spokesman Salim Lone told The Associated Press. "Calling off rallies would be admitting defeat to those who first stole the presidential election and are now killing innocent protesters on sight."

The government has banned the demonstrations, but the opposition and Kenyan human rights groups say the government has no authority to do so.

Source: The Associated Press

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