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.”
Warning: Video contains violent images.