Violent Clashes in Uganda after Bobi Wine Arrest

Police arrested Wine, who is hoping to unseat Uganda’s long-time leader, Yoweri Museveni, in the eastern town of Luuka.
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Security forces in Uganda have fought running battles with supporters of the popular Ugandan reggae singer and opposition presidential hopeful Bobi Wine after the 38-year-old was arrested for breaching Covid-19 regulations shortly before a rally.

Police arrested Wine, who is hoping to unseat Uganda’s long-time leader, Yoweri Museveni, in the eastern town of Luuka.

Supporters immediately took to the streets in the centre of Kampala, the capital, building barricades and lighting tyres. Protests were reported to be spreading to other cities and towns on Wednesday evening.

In violent clashes, dozens were reported to have been hit by live rounds fired by police and as many as eight killed.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, said police had violently broken into his vehicle and taken him into custody.

“The price of freedom is high but we shall certainly overcome …. Resistance against tyranny is not only a right. It is a DUTY for oppressed people to carry out!” Wine said in a series of tweets following his arrest.

Wine has been attracting massive crowds and his campaign has rattled the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

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