Protests Continue

Nov 20, 2020

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On 19 November 2020, protests continued for a second consecutive day in the capital city Kampala and several other major towns in the area over the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi — more commonly known as “Bobi Wine” — who was taken into custody while campaigning in the eastern city of Luuka on 18 November. Following Wine’s arrest, protesters blocked roads and burned tires, while riot police officers fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. At least 16 people were killed and more than 60 others were injured during the clashes on 18 November. Police officers also arrested approximately 350 individuals. Authorities allege that acts of looting, vandalism and robbery occurred during the demonstrations. Despite a heavy security presence in Kampala, demonstrations were still reported across the city. A police spokesperson alleged that Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party has used violence as a campaign tool and flouted COVID-19 guidelines limiting rallies to a maximum of 200 attendees. Wine has previously been arrested several times on vague charges, including most recently on the day he was nominated as a presidential candidate. Wine is challenging incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in the presidential election scheduled for January 2021. In response to the ongoing situation, several other presidential candidates suspended their campaigns and called for the release of Wine and other politicians arrested alongside him.

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