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Police face uphill task controlling Uhuru Park crowd

Supporters of the Opposition coalition overwhelmed a police cordon that had been thrown around Uhuru Park on Wednesday, the venue of Cord’s Madaraka Day rally.

The huge crowd also forced police to abandon an initial plan of conducting body searches on people entering the venue.

PHOTO | COURTESY
Cord supporters on Uhuru Highway on June 1, 2016. PHOTO | COURTESY

Police had massively deployed at the park in the morning, forming about three lanes for frisking every supporter who wanted access to the planned event.

About 20 police officers had also been placed at the main entrance on Valley Road to frisk Cord supporters as they streamed in.

PHOTO | CORRESPONDENT
PHOTO | CORRESPONDENT

But the chanting supporters managed spill to Uhuru Highway as police on air surveillance watched from helicopters.

The 10 Police vehicles parked at the grounds also remained parked as the Cord supporters went on with the cheering and whistling.