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Kenya: Police disperse protests against electoral commission

  • An opposition supporter standing amidst clouds of tear gas throws a rock towards riot police, during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 9, 2016. Kenyan police have tear-gassed opposition supporters after some pelted police with rocks during a protest demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    An opposition supporter standing amidst clouds of tear gas throws a rock towards riot police, during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 9, 2016. Kenyan police have tear-gassed opposition supporters after some pelted police with rocks during a protest demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A riot policeman fires tear gas towards opposition supporters during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 9, 2016. Kenyan police have tear-gassed opposition supporters after some pelted police with rocks during a protest demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    A riot policeman fires tear gas towards opposition supporters during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 9, 2016. Kenyan police have tear-gassed opposition supporters after some pelted police with rocks during a protest demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition supporters run away from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 9, 2016. Kenyan police have tear-gassed opposition supporters after some pelted police with rocks during a protest demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Opposition supporters run away from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 9, 2016. Kenyan police have tear-gassed opposition supporters after some pelted police with rocks during a protest demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

Kenyan police have tear-gassed opposition leaders and hundreds of their supporters who were holding protests demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority because of alleged bias and corruption.

Police Monday surrounded the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, in the capital Nairobi, with water cannons and baton-wielding officers in anticipation of the demonstration organized by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy.

Japeth Koome, Nairobi's police chief, warned that police would allow peaceful demonstrations but would not tolerate any breach of peace.

Opposition leaders former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Senator Moses Wetangula arrived amid cheers from supporters and staged a sit-in on the highway outside the electoral commission offices. Some demonstrators pelted police with stones and police dispersed the demonstrators using tear gas.