Bobi Wine Arrest: Death Toll From Protest Rises To 29
Nov. 20, 2020
The number of deaths from the ongoing unrest in Uganda following the arrest of Presidential candidate Bobi Wine has risen to 29.
On Wednesday followers of the singer turned politician took to the streets to protest his arrest as he campaigned demanding his release.
According to Uganda Media Centre, Bobi Wine was arrested for going against COVID-19 guidelines something that he denied. Candidates are allowed to gather meetings of up to 200 people adhering to the laid rules.
As at yesterday, 19 people were confirmed to have died due to gunshots, teargas suffocation and hit and run incidents. 16 of them were men and the rest women.
Many of the affected families visited mortuaries to collect bodies of their loved ones as heavy police presence camped outside.
Videos making rounds online revealed how police directly shot at protesters at the Country’s capital Kampala. Another lot of armed men in plain clothes could be seen roaming the streets attacking anyone filming them.
At the moment, several other presidential candidates canceled their campaigns standing in solidarity with Bobi Wine demanding his release.