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Post Election Violence in Kenya Claims 270 Dead; 50 Burned Alive in Church

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 1, 2008

Post election riots result in the deaths of at least 270 people in Kenya, and 50 burned to death in a church.

The congregation, mostly of women and children, had sought refuge at the Kenya Assemblies of God church, before their aggressors set it on fire. The women and children were fleeing from their homes which had been burnt in earlier attacks.

Red Cross officials say they are overwhelmed by the number of casualties from the violence in Eldoret.

Meanwhile, over tens of thousands of armed people are heading towards Burnt Forest, a few Kilometres from Eldoret. Burnt Forest has a history of violent tribal clashes.

Source: Gateway Pundit

NTV Kenya Coverage

“After torching the church, children died – around 25 in number – four elderly people. And our men and our people who tried to confront them were injured,” he said.

Most of the victims were members of the same Kikuyu ethnic group as the newly re-elected President Mwai Kibaki.

Another eyewitness, who gave his name as Joseph, told the BBC that the fire was still smouldering, and that most people had fled the scene.

“I am seeing strewn clothes and belongings around and charred remains,” he said.

Eldoret, in the Rift Valley, has witnessed some of the worst violence since Sunday’s controversial poll and has a history of inter-ethnic tension.

Correspondents say that over the past few days hundreds of Kikuyus in the Eldoret area have been taking shelter in churches and around the town’s police station.

The Kenyan Red Cross said that at least 70,000 people have been displaced in the Rift Valley area as a result of the unrest, describing it as “a national disaster”.

Source: BBC

Will this type of reaction occur in America when a certain political party manages to convince it’s members that another election has been stolen?

I don’t think we are that stupid as to take to rioting en masse, or to try to settle old grudges under the cover of a riot.

For one thing, we have the right to keep and bear arms here, and rioting would be limited to the safe “gun-free zones” in bigger cities and near schools.

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