Tolls last week in Kampala have increased from 37 to 50, according to police. Conflicts erupted after a new arrest of singer Bobi Wine, which had angered his followers and led to violent clashes with police. Bobi Wine has since regained his freedom, but more than 800 people are in police custody.
836 arrests in six days, more than 400 people in court … Uganda’s police are trying to regain control after the violence last week, which according to Kampala police spokesman Patrick Onyango was intended to destabilize the country.
“Our intelligence services showed that these people wanted to organize riots, so chaos and take part in violent demonstrations … If unrest had broken out in Kampala, it would have spread to other cities and the police. would have been submerged. At that time, it would have been impossible to organize an election. ”
The suspects, mostly young people, were reportedly reported incorrectly and forced to commit violent acts, according to the police spokesman. They are accused of taking part in riots, looting and roadblocks …
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But on the part of civil society, we condemn the slipping of the police, who are also accused of exaggeration. “Since the Ugandan police decide to persecute these 800 people, we also ask them to persecute the soldiers and Odre is responsible for having shot at civilians in the end, however. I think this type of behavior should also be punished,” said Pheona Wall, president of the Ugandan law firm.
Ugandan police deny any excessive use of force, explaining that security forces fired into the air to disperse the protesters.