Uganda protests: Death toll rises to 45 as violence continues

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At least 45 people have been killed in ongoing protest violence in Uganda as unrest continues across parts of the capital, Kampala, and other areas of the country.

The protests were initially sparked by the arrest of popular opposition figure Bobi Wine, who was detained on Wednesday over accusations of breaking anti-coronavirus measures. After news of his arrest spread, protesters gathered and clashed with security forces who used live ammunition and water cannons to disperse crowds.

Uganda death toll rises

Opposition groups in Uganda accuse the government of using the coronavirus pandemic to justify a political clampdown on opposition parties ahead of January’s presidential election where Bobi Wine is campaigning to take own long-serving leader Yoweri Museveni in the polls.

Wine has been arrested several times over the past few years as his political profile becomes stronger and popularity among Uganda’s younger voting demographics increases.

His latest arrest sparked widespread protests across Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, with unrest also being reported in other parts of the country. Security forces have responded by sending armed troops into the capital in what was called a “war-like situation” by army spokesperson, Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso.

Witnesses also report seeing military and plainclothed gunmen fire live ammunition from high calibre rifles in densely populated areas, claims that appear to be backed up bu several video circulating online.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.