Besigye tear gassed, arrested again

April 28, 2011 12:00 am

, KAMPALA, Apr 28 – Ugandan police on Thursday arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye for the fourth time this month, after smashing his car windows and spraying him with tear gas, an AFP correspondent reported.

Besigye, who was released from a week in custody after being granted bail on Wednesday, had attempted another "walk to work" demonstration to protest against rising food and fuel prices.

He was blocked from walking by the police however and eventually drove from his home on the outskirts of Kampala into the city centre.

A crowd of several hundred supporters formed around his vehicle when he claimed he was prevented by the police from driving to the bank.

The standoff was broken when plain-clothed police smashed his car windows with a hammer and sprayed Besigye with tear gas, forcing the opposition leader and his bodyguards out of the vehicle.

Besigye, 55, was then bundled into the back of a pick-up truck by policemen and at least three other members of his entourage were also whisked away.

The event sparked stone-throwing from the crowd to which police responded with tear gas, eventually dispersing the demonstrators.

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