Ugandans keep fighting for democracy

This video is called Walk to work Uganda protest.

By a correspondent from Uganda:

Police repress Ugandan protests

20 August 2011

On Wednesday August 10, police in the city of Masaka, Uganda assaulted and tear-gassed protesters demonstrating against the ever-increasing cost of living.

Protesters had rallied at the stadium at Kasena, in the Nyendo Ssenyange Division of Masaka, to hear opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). After Besigye gave an address, protesters marched outside of the stadium in a procession to a gasoline station where a two-year-old child, Julian Nalwanga was shot dead by police in protests this April.

Police dispersed the crowd, firing rubber bullets and canisters of tear gas and striking protesters with police batons. Automatic weapons were fired into the air to intimidate the crowd. There were reports that the Ugandan military, Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), was also on the scene.

Besigye ran for president and lost in the last election in February. He accused Uganda’s election commission—which is appointed by President Yoweri Museveni—of stealing the election.

Ugandan opposition leader arrested during protest: here.

“Walk-To-Work” protests shake Ugandan capital city: here.

Ugandan lesbian rights activist allowed entry to UK: here.

Uganda: LGBTI Human Rights Defender Receives Kennedy Award: here.

Obama sends US combat troops to Uganda: here.

Obama is sending 100 Special Operations Forces to central Africa to help track down leaders of the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), a brutal guerrilla group. Surgical strikes at enemy leaders are emerging as the preferred US strategy: here.

US President Barack Obama has deployed roughly 100 special operations troops to central Africa, as part of an offensive targeting the leadership of the Lord’ s Resistance Army: here.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni denied that US military personnel being sent to Uganda to help in the country’s struggle against rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) would be fighting: here.

Uganda: Investigate April 2011 Killings During Protest. One Year Later, No Accountability for Use of Lethal Force: here.

Rush Limbaugh on his radio show accused Obama of “targeting” Christians by sending troops to Uganda to fight the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA): here.

8 thoughts on “Ugandans keep fighting for democracy

  1. Oct 18, 4:25 AM EDT

    Tear gas, rubber bullets at Ugandan ‘Walk’ protest

    KASANGATI, Uganda (AP) — The “Walk to Work” protests over high prices in Uganda have sparked a confrontation with police that ended in tear gas and rubber bullets.

    An aide to the country’s top opposition leader says police on Tuesday detained Kizza Besigye as he was trying to walk to work. Besigye told reporters that he has the right to express himself by demonstrating according to Uganda’s constitution.

    An Associated Press reporter says police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters.

    Uganda saw a string of “Walk to Work” protests earlier this year that sometimes sparked violence. An opposition group called for new walking protests this week against the high cost of living and government corruption.

    © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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  7. Opposition leader accused of treason

    UGANDA: Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been charged with treason and jailed in a remote north-eastern area, judiciary spokesman Solomon Muyita said at the weekend.
    The charges stem from Mr Besigye’s attacks on the legitimacy of President Yoweri Museveni, who won a disputed election in February.
    He was Mr Museveni’s doctor during the guerilla war that brought him to power in 1986, then held government posts before breaking ranks in 1999.


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