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University students demonstrate to honor those killed in attack

07 April 2015, 14:17

Nairobi - Hundreds of university students marched in downtown Nairobi on Tuesday to honor those who died in an attack by al Shabaab militants on a college and to press the government for better security in the wake of the slaughter.

The raucous crowd walked and jogged down main thoroughfares in the city, sometimes sitting in traffic circles and intersections. Bystanders gathered and traffic was backed up for blocks.

The demonstrators denounced Somalia's al-Shabaab extremist group that carried out the attack on Garissa University College that killed 148 in northeastern Kenya. "Comrades are tired of al-Shabaab," said one.

A demonstrator held a sign that read: "You remain in our hearts!"

Another sign said: "RIP comrades."

March organizers sought to control the singing, chanting crowd. There was no sign of police.

The protesters' demands include state compensation for the families of the victims who died in the attack last week in Garissa, the construction of a memorial for the dead and better security on campuses and in the country as a whole.

"We might be next," said Walter Mutai, a 22-year-old statistics student at Moi University. "These people, they can target anywhere."

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