Uganda: Rubber bullets fired at rioters

2011-08-11 12:54
Masaka - Police in Uganda say they fired rubber bullets and teargas at protesters who followed a top opposition leader in a march west of the capital.

Judith Nabakooba says police used the means to disperse what officials said was an illegal protest late on Wednesday. Protesters had gathered in the town of Masaka, some 130km from Kampala.

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye led the protest. He was acquitted on Tuesday of charges that included inciting violence and disobeying police orders during protests earlier this year that turned violent.

Those marches in March and April were among the most serious anti-government protests in sub-Saharan Africa this year. Human Rights Watch said police killed nine people during the marches.

- AP
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