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Uganda: Seven killed during protests over Bobi Wine’s arrest

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Seven people are now reported by the police to have been killed during Wednesday’s protests against the arrest of Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi.

The lawmaker popularly known as Bobi Wine was arrested on Wednesday in Luuka distrct, east of the country, while on the campaign trail.

Protests erupted over his arrest sparking chaos and reports of the police shooting to disperse protesters.

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Some 45 people have also sustained injuries according to the police.

“As of yesterday evening, we had seven people who lost their lives out of the violent raucous. About 45 people got injuries, including an LDU whose head was smashed,” police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said.

According to the Police in Uganda, Bobi Wine violated Covid-19 safety measures on public gatherings.

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The police said he didn’t comply with the guidelines given by the electoral commission, local media reported.

His twitter account handled by his aides said on Thursday that “More than 24 hours after his brutal arrest & detention in Nalufenya, Bobi Wine has been denied access to his lawyers & his medical team! Only army & police officers have access to him.

The violation of his rights with impunity must be condemned by all persons of good conscience.”

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