Tuesday, 15 November 2005

Riots in Kampala

M: At 1pm yesterday (Monday the 14th of November), the opposition candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye (Forum for Democratic Change) was arrested. He was subsequently taken to court in Kampala and charged with treason, supporting armed insurgents, and rape.

Riots in the city centre ensued. From the RLP office, I could hear the bullets (rubber or real you are never sure) being fired and people screaming. I could see clouds of thick, black smoke from burning cars. The Ugandan police forces sprayed tear gas at the people looting and rioting.

This morning (Tuesday 15 November) Besigye was taken from Luzira Prison outside Kampala to the court in Kampala city centre. The riots quickly resumed. Again, tear gas and bullets fired. Local opinions think that it can only get worse. Many people apologise to me for having to be here to witness this and assure me that Kampala/Uganda is not usually like this.

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