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Picture of the day: Two shot dead as Kenyan anti-government protests turn violent
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Riot police chase protesters calling for the disbandment of the national electoral commission over allegations of bias and corruption, in Kisumu, Kenya Monday, June 6, 2016 (AP)

At least two protesters were shot dead in Kenya on Monday as anti-government protests turned violent, with police opening fire to disperse demonstrators in the country's third biggest city, Kisumu.

Kenya's opposition CORD alliance has been staging weekly protests every Monday but one since late April to demand a shake-up of the country's electoral commission ahead of presidential elections in August next year.

Protests took place in several towns but in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold in western Kenya, police opened fire before using tear gas and water cannon to quell the protests as news of the deaths spread.

A bullet wound was visible on one corpse, laid outside a hospital morgue by protesters who said he was hit by police fire.

Protesters blocked a road with the other body as they clashed with police.

Six protesters were taken to Kisumu's main hospital suffering from gunshot wounds, the Red Cross said.

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