Uganda police use tear gas against protesters

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Posted: Mar 09, 2011 10:31 AM
Uganda police use tear gas against protesters

A police spokesman says tear gas was used against protesters in Uganda after demonstrations against the country's recent presidential election turned violent.

Vincent Sekate said police scuffled with protesters in Uganda's capital, Kampala, on Wednesday, and that 10 demonstrators and several police were injured. He said eight demonstrators were arrested.

President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda's leader for 25 years, was declared the winner of last month's election with 68 percent of the vote. His top challenger took 26 percent of the vote in official returns.

Opposition politicians have alleged that the election was rigged. Museveni, who retains high levels of support, has said he will not allow any Egypt-style protests in Uganda.