NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 20 people were killed in two attacks on Kenya’s coast Saturday night — with residents saying the victims had their hands bound and their throats slit — in the latest in a string of gruesome assaults with ethnic undercurrents.
The violence has deeply unnerved this country at a time of increasing insecurity and rising political tensions. Nonetheless, Kenya’s leading opposition politician, Raila Odinga, vowed on Sunday to press ahead with a large demonstration in downtown Nairobi, the capital, on Monday.
The Kenyan government fears opposition supporters may try to occupy a public park, setting up what could be a bloody showdown with the police. Government officials said that such a sit-in would be illegal and that they would not allow the center of Nairobi to be turned into a Kenyan version of Tahrir Square, the plaza in Egypt's capital, Cairo, that became the foremost symbol of the Arab Spring uprisings.
Many Kenyans are worried about what might happen on Monday, given the heightened insecurity and tightening mood. Some families have already begun to flee ethnically mixed areas in Nairobi and surrounding towns after mysterious leaflets surfaced warning members of certain ethnic groups to leave or else.
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