Ugandan police arrest opposition figure, sparking deadly protests

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KAMPALA, Uganda – Ugandan police say three people died and 38 were injured in protests that erupted in the Ugandan capital on Wednesday after officers arrested Bobi Wine, an opposition musician and politician seeking to presidency in next year’s elections.

Mr. Wine’s supporters blocked roads and burned tires in Kampala, prompting police to fire tear gas and bullets to disperse the protesters. The unrest arose after Mr. Wine was arrested in the eastern town of Luuka and taken to the Jinja Town Police Station.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said Mr Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, was arrested for violating Covid-19 guidelines that require presidential candidates to meet or be ‘address to less than 200 people.

“We weren’t allowed to see it and we don’t know what’s going on,” said Joel Ssenyonyi, spokesman for Mr. Wine’s political party, the National Unity Platform.

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