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Police Fire Teargas As A4C Rally Ends In Chaos

Police fired teargas to disperse crowds that had turned up for a rally organised by Activists for change in Namungoona, Kampala.
Police on Tuesday fired teargas to disperse crowds that had turned up for a rally organised by Activists for change in Namungoona, Kampala.
 
Forum for Democratic Change president Dr Kiiza Besigye was blocked as he attempted to drive towards the city centre after the rally.
 
Besigye together with other IPC politicians were at Namungoona play ground for a rally organised by Activists for Change—A4C members as they re-launch the walk to work campaign. Some of the politicians who attended the rally include Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, and MPs Nabilah Ssempala, Medard Sseggona, Mathias Mpuuga and Dr Lulume Bayiga among others.
 
The rally ended at about 6:30pm and Besigye tried to drive towards the direction of Kasubi but he was blocked by a group of anti riot police that had earlier surrounded the area. The FDC leader was told to drive back towards the Northern Bypass and connect to Gayaza road but Besigye appeared to reject the idea.
 
A crowd that was escorting Besigye started pelting police with stones and police responded by firing tear gas to disperse the crowd. After about 10 minutes Besigye jumped out of his car and started walking towards Kasubi again but was blocked.
 
At the time of writing this report, anti riot police were still firing tear gas around Kalerwe round about. Traffic along the Northern Bypass is currently paralysed.
 
Judith Nabakooba, the deputy police spokesperson declined to comment on the issue saying they are working with the Government media centre to issue a statement on Wednesday.
 
Earlier at the rally, Besigye told the gathering that he was ready to fight on with or without an election, asking his supporters not to fear.

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Type Updates
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Location Kampala, Uganda
Accepted on 2012-01-24 19:44:51

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