Police in Uganda have confronted opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine throughout his on-line press convention to announce a petition to the Worldwide Legal Court docket over alleged abuses by safety forces.
He stated they fired tear gasoline and bullets as they swarmed his automotive.
Journalists watched as an officer dragged Wine from the automotive whereas he pleaded that he had damaged no legislation.
“As you’ll be able to see, I am being arrested,” he stated to the digital camera, earlier than popping sounds have been heard.
“You’re embarrassing the nation,” Wine advised officers.
He was later allowed to complete the briefing and drive on.
He had spent the day campaigning, throughout which he stated 23 members of his workforce had been arrested.
The singer and opposition chief was saying he’s petitioning the ICC to analyze allegations of torture and different rights abuses within the nation forward of subsequent week’s election.
The ICC receives a whole lot such purposes from around the globe every year.
The 38-year-old Wine, whose actual identify is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has fired the creativeness of many throughout Africa as he tries to unseat longtime President Yoweri Museveni, who has deployed the navy to stop what he sees as opposition makes an attempt to create civil unrest that would trigger regime change.
Wine and different opposition figures have referred to as the 76-year-old Museveni a dictator.
“Many atrocities are being dedicated on the orders of Museveni,” the singer advised reporters.
Authorities officers didn’t instantly remark.
Wine, arrested many instances on numerous prices however by no means convicted, now says his life could also be at risk.
He now campaigns whereas sporting a bulletproof vest and helmet.
“I anticipate a dwell bullet focused at me any time,” stated Wine, who has despatched his youngsters to the USA over security issues.
When requested by the organiser whether or not he needed to finish the briefing, he stated he felt safer with the cameras on.
At the very least 54 folks have been killed in Uganda’s capital Kampala and different elements of the nation in November as safety forces put down riots provoked by the arrest of Wine for allegedly violating marketing campaign rules aimed toward stopping the unfold of the coronavirus.