Ugandan Protests Turn Deadly

April 30, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — This capital city was brought to a virtual standstill on Friday as angry protesters set up roadblocks, setting them ablaze throughout Kampala, and the police and military cordoned off neighborhoods in the largest and most violent day of protests since the demonstrations started nearly three weeks ago.  At least five people were confirmed dead and more than 150 injured, security and humanitarian officials said Friday, as the police and the military fired live ammunition, along with tear gas and rubber bullets, to disperse growing crowds. For the second time in 10 days, a 2-year-old was shot. The police said more than 350 people had been arrested. Other protests were reported in the cities of Gulu and Mbale.  Kizza Besigye, the opposition politician leading protests who was partly blinded after being arrested in a violent manner on Thursday, was allowed to fly to Kenya on Friday for medical attention after initially being rebuffed, according to the news station Nation TV.

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