Uganda protest movement goes to villages

2012-07-17 22:10

Kampala - Uganda's anti-government protests are shifting their rallies toward rural areas to escape a heavy police presence in the capital city.

Marches against the country's long-serving leader held in Kampala have turned violent in the past, with police using tear gas and batons to disperse protests. But authorities seem to pay less attention to the protests when they are held outside the capital.

The village rallies in recent weeks are coming as the party of President Yoweri Museveni is suffering defeats in by-elections in places where it was once hugely popular. The party has lost five of six electoral contests this year.

His opponents are eager to try him even harder in his own backyard, western Uganda, which was the scene of boisterous rallies that police failed to block in recent weeks.