Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Uganda protests turn deadly after Kizza Besigye, opposition leader, is arrested (video)

A man walks across an abandoned street during demonstrations in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, on Friday. (Reuters)

The video shows tear gas, batons and fists employed to arrest one man: Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye. It is the fourth time in two weeks Besigye has been arrested for organizing “Walk to Work” days, which protest the rising fuel and food prices in Uganda. Besigye is attempting to run against President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for 25 years.

After news of his arrest, the video (at the bottom of this post) went viral, and protests filled the eastern town of Mbale. The demonstrations turned violent, with military forces and police firing live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators and demonstrators throwing rocks. At least two people were killed, and 120 were wounded. A Red Cross spokesman said some of the wounded were hit with live bullets.

The heavy crackdown on protesters only seems to be encouraging the fight. As the Guardian reports, the protests in Uganda started off small, but “Museveni’s heavyhanded attempts to put out the fire only appear to be fanning its flames.”

A Ugandan protester burns tires and wood during demonstration in Kampala on Friday. (Stephen Wandera - Associated Press)

Rioters set up burning roadblocks in downtown Kampala on Friday. (Marc Hofer - AFP/Getty Images)

Ugandan opposition leader and former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, second from left, with plaster on his right hand, is arrested on Thursday. (Stephen Wandera - Associated Press)

Ugandans march in Kampala last week. (Stephen Wandera - Associated Press)
Warning: Video contains violent images.

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