Pro-Bobi Wine protests: death toll rises to seven

20Nov 2020
The Guardian
Pro-Bobi Wine protests: death toll rises to seven

​​​​​​​THE death toll from protests against the arrest of leading opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine has risen to seven, police said yesterday.

Bobi Wine.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango said the toll is likely to rise after more than 30 people were injured during the Wednesday and Thursday protests in different parts of the country.

“There are those who are badly off,” he said, not explaining the cause of the deaths or the nature of their injuries.

Protests resumed for a second day on Thursday in the capital, Kampala, with protesters blocking roads and burning tires. Police and army were heavily deployed in the capital to disperse the protesters.

Police fired tear gas to disperse Wine’s supporters, who blocked roads and burned tyres after news broke that he had been arrested in the town of Luuka and taken to a police station in the city of Jinja.

Graphic videos and photos shared on social media showed several people lying in the streets covered in blood, allegedly after being shot dead.

A Uganda Red Cross statement said that their frontline workers had assisted 11 people with gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, opposition presidential candidates have suspended their campaigns, calling for fellow contestants to be released. Read More...

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