Kenyan students march to honour Garissa victims

Hundreds of demonstrators in Nairobi call for better security and compensation for families of 148 killed at university.

Aljazeera
April 7,2015

Several ceremonies to mourn the victims have been held in Nairobi [AP]
Several ceremonies to mourn the victims have been held in Nairobi [AP]

Hundreds of Kenyan students have marched in downtown Nairobi to honour the 148 people who died in an attack by al-Shabab fighters at a college campus in Garissa and to press the government for better security in the wake of the killings.

The crowd walked and jogged down main thoroughfares in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, sometimes sitting in traffic circles and intersections.

One demonstrator held a sign that read “You remain in our hearts!”. Another said “Comrades are tired of al-Shabab”.

Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, reporting from Nairobi, said the demonstrators were angry with the government for failing to provide adequate security in Garissa.

“People in Garissa had said they wanted more security because they were in an unstable part of the country where al-Shabab had launched several attacks in the last year or so,” he said.

After marching through the city, the students were holding a vigil at Nairobi University.

On Twitter, Kenyans and other users have been using the hashtag ‘ #147notjustanumber ‘, to remember those who had died in the attack, referring to an earlier death toll.

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