Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Police halts pro-Gadaffi demo in Uganda

THE Police yesterday blocked a pro-Gadaffi demonstration in Kampala. The demonstration was organised by the Global Pan African Movement against the actions of the Western powers in Libya.

Allied forces led by the US, UK and France are enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya to prevent Libyan President Muammar Gadaffi from killing Libyans.

Addressing journalists at the Pan African square, Kampala Metropolitan Police chief Grace Turyagumanawe said the demonstrators had not sought permission from the police.

"They are not expected at Parliament and some embassies are threatened by the pro-Gadaffi supporters in Uganda. We cannot tolerate this," he said.

Turyagumanawe said he discussed the matter with the group's leaders and advised them to hold their demonstration inside the Pan African square.

Pan-Africanism is a socio-political movement which seeks to unify native Africans and those of African heritage into a "global African community.

The demonstrators led by their secretary general, Steven Othieno, called on the Western allies to immediately cease their interference in the Libya crisis.

They were holding placards that read, 'Africa is no longer a colony, Africa supports the African Union's mediations in Libya, Down with Sarkozy, Berlusconi and Cameron.

Othieno urged Africa to unite and resolve the crisis.


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