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Ugandan police slammed over riot response

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Ugandan police slammed over riot response


Human rights activists have slammed security forces in Uganda for their handling of deadly riots in the capital, Kampala.

Citing concerns over police brutality, the use of live ammunition and beatings of unarmed men, the influential group Human Rights Watch said the response was “completely unwarranted.” Triggered by land and power disputes between the government and leaders of Buganda – one of the east African country’s ancient kingdoms – the unrest erupted on Thursday. More than 500 people were arrested. While Kampala was tense but quiet today, at least 14 people including a policeman died in the disturbances. Nearly 100 others were injured.

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