Three dead in Ugandan protests after Bobi Wine arrest

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Three dead in Ugandan protests after Bobi Wine arrest

 

Ugandan police say three people have died and dozens injured during protests in the capital and other urban areas following the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, known as musician Bobi Wine , during an electoral rally.

The police statement does not say how the three people died.

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But videos and photos have circulated on social media, showing people covered in blood, some seemingly unresponsive, apparently shot.

More than 30 people were injured in the chaos, the statement added.

Sporadic protests had erupted in Kampala and other cities, as supporters of Bobi Wine called for his release.

He had been detained in the eastern district of Luuka, after police accused him of holding an election rally that violated coronavirus guidelines set by the Election Commission.

His lawyers told the BBC that the presidential candidate was being held at a police station in Jinja town.

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Another opposition candidate, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, was also arrested.

Its gatherings and events have been blocked by police on several occasions.

Uganda will hold presidential elections in January and the campaigns so far have been marked by police violently enforcing pandemic restrictions.

This article appeared first on: https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-47639452

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