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In pictures: Kenyan protests

A man protests in Kisumu, western Kenya

Opposition Orange Democratic Movement supporters in Kenya began three days of protest at the allegedly rigged presidential elections in December.

Riot police march down a Nairobi street

From early in the morning, riot police were out in force to stop the gatherings which had been banned. More than 600 have died in unrest since the election.

A crowd of men in Kisumu Western Kenya

Although the protests were smaller than one earlier this month, crowds gathered in cities across the country.

A girl runs past a barricade in Kibera

In the capital, Nairobi, protesters in Kibera slum, where ODM leader Raila Odinga has many supporters, prepared for the police with barricades.

Riot police charge opposition supporters after firing tear gas

When ODM leaders in the capital tried to reach central Uhuru (Freedom) Park for a rally, police fired tear gas to disperse them and chased them away.

A child cries as tear gas burns her eyes.

Some protesters felt the effect of teargas. There was also unrest in the port city of Mombasa and at least two were killed in the western town of Kisumu during the clashes.

Protesters in Kisumu carry a mock coffin symbolising the death of democracy

The protests follow Tuesday's election of a new parliamentary speaker, Kenneth Marende of the ODM, who backed the party's right to hold the protests.

Protesters in Kisumu carry an effigy of president Mwai Kibaki

Mr Odinga called for "peaceful people protest". He hopes international mediation and vocal public support for his party will resolve the crisis.

Crowds in Eldoret, Western Kenya

In Eldoret, where 30 were killed after the December polls, thousands gathered in the streets. What started as a peaceful march dissolved into violence.

People fleeing a Nairobi slum

Many residents and businesses were forced to close. This man told reporters he was packing up from the Nairobi slum of Mathare before the violence escalated.

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