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Protests after the arrest of Bobi Wine, Ugandan presidential candidate

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A supporter of Ugandan musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, carries his poster as they protest on a street against the arrest of Kyagulanyi during his presidential rally in Kampala, Uganda, on November 18, 2020. - Ugandan police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on November 18, 2020, at large crowds of protesters supporting popular presidential candidate Bobi Wine, who was earlier arrested while campaigning. Kampala police commander Moses Kafeero said that the pop star-turned-MP had been arrested for violating coronavirus measures at his rallies. (Photo by Badru KATUMBA / AFP) (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)

Ugandan presidential opposition candidate Bobi Wine has been arrested for the second time this month, sparking violent protests in the country.

Kampala (CNN)Ugandan presidential opposition candidate Bobi Wine has been arrested for the second time this month, sparking violent protests in the country.

The popular musician-turned-politician was arrested while campaigning in Eastern Uganda, according to Wine's staff -- just weeks after a prior arrest.

Ugandan police did not immediately respond to calls from CNN, but in a statement posted on its official website on Wednesday, the Inspector General pointed to tightened Covid-19 enforcement around campaign events.

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

At least three people have died, and at least 34 were injured, Reuters reported, citing Ugandan police and the Red Cross. Another presidential candidate, Mugisha Muntu, announced that he would pause his campaign until Wine's release.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulayi, has been at loggerheads with authorities in Uganda since he entered the political fray.

Wine is now challenging Museveni's three-decade grip on power.

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