Uganda police fire rubber bullets at protesters

AP News
Posted: Aug 11, 2011 5:38 AM
Uganda police fire rubber bullets at protesters

Police in Uganda say they fired rubber bullets and teargas at protesters who followed a top opposition leader in a march west of the capital.

Judith Nabakooba says police used the means to disperse what officials say was an illegal protest late Wednesday. Protesters had gathered in the town of Masaka, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Kampala.

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye led the protest. He was acquitted Tuesday of charges that included inciting violence and disobeying police orders during protests earlier this year that turned violent.

Those marches in March and April were among the most serious anti-government protests in sub-Saharan Africa this year. Human Rights Watch said police killed nine people during the marches.