Kenyan students protest Garissa attack‏

Kenyan university students participate in a demonstration against an attack by gunmen at Garissa University College. Many also protested the deteriorating security situation in Kenya

Kenyan students protest Garissa attack‏

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Hundreds of Kenyan university students marched through capital Nairobi on Monday to protest last week's deadly attack on northern Kenya's Garissa University College.

"We university students from around Kenya, and Kenyans of goodwill, sorrowfully are respectful of all the memories of the comrades slain in Garissa University," Steven Mwadime, one of the organizers, told.

Last Thursday, at least 148 people were killed in an attack on northern Kenya's Garissa University College.

Somalia's  Al-Shabaab group swiftly claimed responsibility for the attack.

The armed group has vowed to carry out more attacks in Kenya as long as the East African country keeps troops in neighboring Somalia.

In late 2013, Al-Shabaab gunmen stormed Nairobi's Westgate Mall, holding hundreds of victims hostage. The four-day standoff left 67 dead, including all of the attackers.

"We demand from our government the most forceful and severe retaliation, which will annihilate the [Al-Shabaab] network from existence and forever deter them from imagining that they can touch a Kenyan life," Mwadime told.

Hundreds of students marched to the office of President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, where they submitted a petition to the president.

Student demonstrators refused to leave until the petition was officially stamped by Kenyatta's office.

"Our comrades were killed. We are here to show solidarity," Kenneth Odongo, a Kenyatta University student, told.

"We cannot allow anybody to be killed by Al-Shabaab by a fight that we don't understand; we need those who understand the fight to help us and protect us," he said.

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Many students said they were also protesting the country's deteriorating security situation.

"If yesterday was Garissa, maybe tomorrow [the attack] will be at our school," Odongo told.

Timothy Chamwada, another university student, called on the international community to help Kenya in its fight against terrorism.

"Terrorism is [a threat] for the whole world," he told.

"Why do you forsake us? Why do you leave us on our own? Why don't you share the intelligence that you have with us?" Chamwada asserted in an appeal to the international community.

"We are not saying that we are weak; we are only asking that, if you have the intelligence as good neighbors, then you should help us," he added.

Steven Mwadime, a student leader, said the government should compensate families that lost loved ones in Saturday's attack with payouts of at least 2 million Kenya shillings (roughly $21,000) each.

Five people have so far been arrested in connection with Saturday's university attack.

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