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The World : Kenya Closes University

November 17, 1987

Nairobi University, Kenya's largest campus, was indefinitely closed after two days of riots in which police beat students and foreign journalists. The closure order, broadcast on the official Voice of Kenya radio, did not say when the 5,000-student school would reopen. Students said the protests began after seven student union leaders were taken from their dormitories at gunpoint. Meanwhile, the United States, the British High Commission and the West German Embassy presented strongly worded protests to the Kenyan government over the beating and detention of four foreign journalists Sunday.

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