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Ugandan police attack Besigye supporters after his release

14 July 2016, 13:34

Kampala - Ugandan police reportedly attacked former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye's supporters who had gathered to see him after he had been incarcerated for two months on treason charges, a report said on Thursday.

According to Daily Monitor, police used batons to clobber Besigye's followers, who were dancing and singing at the sight of their leader.

The South Regional Police Commander Andrew Kaggwa reportedly was amongst the police officers who attacked the opposition leader's supporters.

Besigye was arrested in May and charged with treason after releasing a video in which he held a mock swearing-in ceremony to protest what he claimed was a fraudulent election in February, won by President Yoweri Museveni.

He was released on Tuesday in the capital Kampala. High Court Judge Wilson Musene granted the former presidential candidate bail during a hearing. 

Soon after his release, he urged his supporters not to give up their fight for a better Uganda, saying that they were not breaking any laws in fighting against dictatorship. 

"We are fighting to put our country in our own hands. Until we achieve that, there is no turning back. If they think that putting us in prison will demorilise us, then they are wrong," Besigye told supporters.

- News24


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