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Kenya police scatter crowd pushing election changes

Police used tear gas and clubs Monday to scatter hundreds of demonstrators who turned out on a national holiday to press for changes in election laws.

Eight protesters, including one legislator, were arrested, and many were injured in the clash in Nyeri, 60 miles north of the Kenyan capital. The violence erupted after police blocked a convoy of protesters heading toward holiday ceremonies downtown.Police have used violence to break up several pro-reform rallies this year.

The demonstrators seek the repeal of laws dating from colonial rule, which they say would give President Daniel arap Moi an edge in elections this year. Their battle cry is, "No elections, no reforms."

The reformists boycotted festivities Monday in Nairobi, for Kenyatta Day, a holiday named for the East African country's first president, the late Jomo Kenyatta.