Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Government: Uganda Post-Election Protesters ‘Hooligans’

The spokesperson for Uganda's government describes anti-government protesters demonstrating against alleged rigging by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) in last month's presidential and parliamentary elections as hooligans and property destroyers.

Kabakumba Labwoni Masiko says the protesters defied the country's law by refusing to inform the police about the demonstration. Police fired tear gas Wednesday to disperse the protesters after accusing them of attacking people in Kampala's Kisekka market and made eight arrests.

"There are mechanisms to resolve [disputes] for those who are not happy about the [election] in courts of law. And, of course, our constitution allows peaceful demonstration, but the way they organized the [protest], they did not follow the laid down regulations and laws," said Masiko.


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