Besigye faces 'unlawful assembly' charges
22 March 2012, 16:25
Kampala - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye will be charged with
unlawful assembly after his arrest and subsequent release on bail
following a demonstration, his lawyer said Thursday.
"He was told that he would be charged with unlawful assembly and then released on bond," lawyer Ernest Kalibala said.
was one of 16 activists arrested by police on Wednesday after thousands
of opposition supporters flooded onto the streets of the Ugandan
Police beat demonstrators and fired tear gas to
disperse the crowds as opposition supporters pelted security officers
with stones, an AFP reporter witnessed.
Following Besigye's arrest a police officer died after being hit on the head by a rock thrown by protesters.
after the officer was killed Ugandan police beat up two journalists
outside police stations in Kampala, the Committee to Protect Journalists
said in a statement.
"The Committee to Protect Journalists
condemns attacks by Ugandan police against two journalists in separate
incidents outside of police stations," the statement from the New
York-based rights group said.
Freelance photojournalist Edward
Echwalu, who works for Reuters and local newspaper The Observer, was
beaten by four policemen using batons and a rifle butt as he waited
outside a police station where Besigye was being held, the statement
In a separate incident, police also beat Anatoli Luswata, a
reporter for the weekly Eddobozi newspaper, as he covered the arrest of
opposition activists outside Kampala's main police station, CPJ said.
opposition party issues is not a crime," CPJ official Tom Rhodes said.
"Ugandan police must stop arbitrarily attacking journalists simply for
doing their job."
Besigye will appear in court on Friday morning.
He has been repeatedly arrested and released over the past year during a
series of protests against the high cost of living.