Police Arrest Presidential Candidate Bobi Wine, Sparking Violent Clashes in Uganda

Supporters of Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine clashed with security forces after the police arrested him for a second time this month, citing a breach in COVID-19 regulations during an assembly.

Supporters of Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine clashed with security forces on Nov. 18 after the police arrested him for a second time this month, citing a breach in COVID-19 regulations during an assembly.

Shortly after police arrested Wine in the eastern town of Luuka, his supporters gathered to the streets of Kampala and other cities and towns, blocking roads and lighting tires.

Police reportedly fired live rounds at dozens of protesters.

According to the police, three people have died from the violent clashes and at least 34 have been injured.

Police said in a statement that they arrested Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, and transferred him to the Nalufenya police station in the city of Jinja for questioning “on charges of negligent conduct likely to spread an infectious disease, obstruction, incitement to violence and holding unauthorized assemblies.”

Following his arrest, Wine stated on Twitter, “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!”

Before Wine’s arrest, the police released a statement of “tougher enforcement of political campaigns,” warning candidates of “consequences” if they do not follow the guidelines limiting assemblies to 200 people due to the pandemic.

“Those who shall defy these Electoral Commission guidelines with their sinister plans aimed at disrupting the Electoral process will definitely suffer consequences,” the statement said.

Police previously arrested Wine early in November after he was nominated as a presidential candidate.


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