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Vol 52 No 9

Published 29th April 2011


Uganda

Opposition works the walk

Following Museveni’s easy re-election, the security forces are making mass arrests and Kampala’s streets resound with gunfire and tear gas

A series of ‘Walk to Work’ protests against escalating food and fuel prices has caught the public’s imagination and the government is cracking down. Opposition leaders are under restrictions: Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President who lost heavily in February’s presidential election, was arrested for the fourth time in a fortnight on 21 April (AC Vol 52 No 5). The demonstrations started on a small scale and then grew. Party leaders, members of parliament and a few dozen supporters attempted to walk the main roads in solidarity with ordinary Ugandans priced out of the transport system.

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