Anti Riot Police Fights Besigye Supporters After Light A Candle Launch

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Anti riot police in Masaka town used teargas, coloured water and live bullets to disperse FDC leader, Kizza Besigye and his supporters as they walked from Kasana grounds to Nyendo town, after the launch of Light a Candle campaign.

Anti riot police in Masaka town used teargas, coloured water and live bullets to disperse FDC leader, Kizza Besigye and his supporters as they walked from Kasana grounds to Nyendo town, after the launch of Light a Candle campaign.
 
A Uganda Radio Network reporter in Masaka says Besigye, accompanied by the leader of opposition in parliament, Nandala Mafabi, Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga and hundreds of supporters wanted to lay a wreath at Nyendo Total round about. The wreath was in memory of those who died during the walk to work protests in April and May 2011.
 
Besigye had earlier in the day defied police and forced his way into Kasana grounds to launch the light a candle campaign. Besigye and his group decided to walk from the grounds back to the main Kampala-Masaka highway before being intercepted by police.
 
Godfrey Matte, the Kalangala District Police Commander intercepted the group and asked them to stop walking, enter their cars and drive away. But Besigye reportedly rejected the idea, pushed the police officer away and continued walking. According to Matte, police then reacted by using teargas to disperse the crowd.
 
Our reporter however says police used teargas, live bullets and coloured water to disperse people. This resulted into running battles between police and the youth, who pelted stones at police officers.
 
The opposition politicians entered a nearby Safari Lodge, from where they emerged a few minutes later and attempted to walk again. Police arrested them, forced them into their cars and ordered them to drive off. Besigye was seen driving off in his car registration number UAK 773K.
 
The road from Nyendo to Masaka town has been sealed off by police and vehicles are now using the Mbarara highway bypass to access the town.