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At least 45 people killed during Uganda protests

November 23, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At least 45 people were killed in protests that rocked Kampala and other parts of Uganda last week, a police spokesperson said Monday.

(CNN)At least 45 people were killed in protests that rocked Kampala and other parts of Uganda last week, a police spokesperson said Monday.

The protests were sparked by the arrest of popular music star turned presidential candidate Bobi Wine for contravening Covid-19 regulations at a campaign rally last Wednesday.

As the news of Wine's arrest broke, protesters took to the streets of Kampala, clashing with police and military who responded with tear gas.

Witnesses told CNN that police, military and plainclothes gunmen fired high caliber rifles in dense urban areas to quell the protests.

Uganda police spokesperson Fred Enanga told CNN that authorities are investigating "a number of incidents" of police officers "allegedly conducting themselves unprofessionally" during the protests.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Enanga also said 836 people had been arrested during the protests, and 362 had been in charged in court.

"We do understand the right to protest but we also come out to say to the public that even amidst these protests people come out and take advantage to break the law," he said, listing incidents of alleged looting and significant damage caused by protestors to private businesses and government property.

"I am sad that people are getting hurt and getting killed," Wine told CNN.

"But, again, I am confident and proud that these people are getting killed are unarmed and they are non-violent, so it is the total responsibility of President Museveni and the military -- that is shooting at innocent unarmed citizens," Wine said.

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