Ugandan repression of opposition

Like Gadaffi in Libya, the royal families in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, etc., and many other dictators, President Museveni of Uganda is oppressing his own people.

Most of those dictators are supported by Western governments, like Gadaffi was until very recently. Only Libya is bombed by NATO now.

Museveni does not have to fear a NATO no fly zone regime change war. He is a staunch ally of the so-called “free world”. He helps the Pentagon in the bloody occupation war in Somalia (a war opposed by the opposition, oppressed by Museveni). He is a favourite in the foreign aid program of the Rightist Dutch government.

This video from Uganda says about itself:

Women from the Inter party cooperation calling themselves Women for Peace, launch a campaign they say is to save women from election rigging.

As long as Mr Museveni will not have a conflict with BP or some other multinational corporation on oil in Uganda or something, he very probably will not have to worry about NATO invading Uganda to depose him.

From RTTNews:

Ugandan Opposition Leader Held Again Over ‘Walk-To-Work’ Protest

4/18/2011 4:17 AM ET

Ugandan Opposition leader Kizza Besigye was detained on Monday for trying to stage a protest in capital Kampala against the recent hike in the prices of petrol and diesel effected by the Yoweri Museveni government.

It was the second time within a week that the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change arrested for leading anti-government protests.

Besigye, who had pledged to hold protests every Monday and Thursday, was arrested as he was leaving his home in Kasangati to the party headquarters at Najjanakumbi, a Kampala suburb, to join a fresh protest against rising living costs.

Reports quoting party and police officials said he was being detained at the Kasangati police station. He was arrested last Monday for “inciting violence” but was released later.

On Thursday, he was shot in the arm in his second attempt to lead the walk-to-work protest over rising prices.

Demonstrations are banned in the east African nation, where the police have warned of stern action against street protests.

At the weekend, Museveni warned against further demonstrations, saying that they were politically motivated to undermine his government’s authority and to usurp power.

After failing in his bid to prevent Museveni from getting re-elected, Besigye said in February that conditions in Uganda were suited for an Egypt-model political uprising that ended the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. However, the former Colonel in the Ugandan Army did not call for mass protests to challenge the poll outcome.

Burkina Faso students and soldiers mount violent challenge to president: here.

Hundreds of Swazis have been arrested after they took to the streets on 12 and 13 April, to demonstrate against the monarchy. Swaziland’s King Mswati has presided over a ‘system of governance’ that protest organisers say has left the country’s ‘people divided, poor and powerless’. Sokari Ekine reports on southern Africa’s first uprising and provides updates on the situation in Djibouti, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire and Libya: here.

3 thoughts on “Ugandan repression of opposition

  1. Mutiny spreading, say residents

    BURKINA FASO: A mutiny by soldiers that began in Ouagadougou last week in spreading north and east, residents said today.

    The unrest started when troops protested over housing and subsistence allowance payments on Thursday.

    President Blaise Compaore dissolved his government after they turned violent and named a new army chief.


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