Apr 28 - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye is attacked and arrested during a fifth round of protests in Kampala against rising food and fuel costs. Nick Rowlands reports.
Smashing the window with his pistol, this security officer is after the man inside the car - Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye. (UPSOT BESIGYE HOLDING UP HAMMER) Besigye is furious, saying police also used this hammer to attack his car. Anti-riot police fill the vehicle with pepper spray, and the driver tumbles to the ground. Besigye and his aide are then dragged away by security officers and flung into a pick-up truck. Police use tear gas and live rounds to disperse hundreds of Besigye supporters gathered near by. This is the fourth time in three weeks that the opposition leader has been detained by police over protests that have left at least five dead. He had been leading protesters demanding a stop to the increasing food and fuel prices in Uganda. President Yoweri Museveni, who defeated Besigye in a disputed February election, blames drought and high international oil prices for soaring local food and fuel costs. He has warned Besigye that his protests will not be tolerated. Besigye has vowed to continue with the campaign. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.