A resident rummages through the ruins of her building burnt down after gunmen attacked Hindi village, near Kenya's coastal town of Lamu July 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Joseph Okanga)
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Thousands of Kenyans rallied Monday for an anti-government demonstration in the capital's central park amid heavy police presence, with political and ethnic tensions high following weekend attacks in which over 21 were killed.The rally, the culmination of a series of countrywide demonstrations, is held on the July 7 anniversary of protests for multi-party democracy in the 1990s, a date heavy with symbolism and known commonly as "Saba-Saba," or "Seven-Seven" in Swahili.Police say that they have deployed 15,000 officers to ensure the rally passes off peacefully, with the country already on high alert fearing attacks by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab gunmen, who have vowed revenge for Kenya's military presence in Somalia.Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, however, denied that Al-Shabab were involved and instead blamed "local political networks" and criminal gangs, saying that victims had been singled out because of their ethnicity.
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