Uganda Police Fire Tear Gas, Live Ammunition To Disperse Opposition

 

Police in Uganda used tear gas and live rounds to disperse opposition supporters on Monday

The clash occurred in Rukungiri, home to the country’s main opposition figure, kizza Besigye, a veteran rival to President Yoweri Museveni.

Police Spokesman Patrick Onyango said they had arrested 15 people from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda’s largest opposition party, whom he accused to attempting to stage an illegal meeting.

He declined to clarify what specific means of force had been used but accused the party of organizing the meeting without obtaining police’s permission.

Under Uganda’s public order management laws, the police have sweeping powers to ban public gatherings for a range of reasons

Opposition supporters in the East African Nation regularly clash with police and military personnel, both of whom are accused by critics of being used to crack down on opponents of long-ruling Museveni, 74..

In power since 1986, Museveni is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders and is widely expected to seek re-election in 2021 when the next poll is due.

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