Nairobi City Protests: Businesses Count the Costs

Preamble: Global Perspective

Demonstrations* are considered as a means of bringing about social change but in reality they take a toll on the society especially when they turn violent. Cities around the world continue to face the challenge of protests with the worst ones reported in India, USA, UK and Argentina. The post-election demonstrations in Nairobi in December 2007 makes it the only African city in the top ten list of worst ever protests in the world. Protests can have serious long-term consequences as investors and businesses steer clear of areas where the safety of their capital, their employees and their customers is at risk.

*Demonstrations are usually peaceful and they do not destroy the properties.  Protests can be defined as a civil action where people behave violently and are out of order.

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