Uganda cops fire live rounds at crowd

2013-06-20 16:02

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Kampala - The arrest of a long standing opposition leader in Uganda on Thursday sparked protests at a busy market in Kampala, with police responding by firing tear gas and live ammunition to disperse crowds, local radio stations reported.

Kizza Besigye, a former presidential candidate, was meeting with traders at the Kiseka Market in the capital when he was arrested. Traders threw stones at the police who then countered with force, reports said.

There was an unconfirmed report on Radio CBS that one person died from a bullet wound.

Besigye, a retired army colonel who was President Yoweri Museveni's ally before the two fell out, has frequently organised opposition rallies and has accused Museveni of election rigging.

Opposition protests in Uganda often end with leaders being briefly detained and police using heavy-handed tactics.

Museveni has been in power since 1986 and speculation is mounting over whether he is grooming his son as a successor ahead of elections in 2016.

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