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Teargas, Street Battles as Police Pick Besigye from Radio Station

Police have used teargas to disperse supporters of Dr Kizza Besigye in Jinja where he is expected to address FDC’s grassroots mobilisers and local leaders.

Besigye started his day by appearing on Kiira FM where he spoke briefly before being intercepted by police.

The authorities also switched off the radio station’s signal.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga did not pick our calls seeking comment on the development.

Enanga’s deputy, Patrick Onyango referred ChimpReports to Kira regional police spokesperson Diana Nandaula who also was not immediately available for comment.

An official at the radio station told us that police raided their premises where they forcefully removed Besigye from the studio.

This compelled Besigye’s supporters outside the radio station to attack anti-riot police personnel, sparking deadly street battles in Jinja.

Besigye’s aide, Ronald Muhinda, said he sustained “injuries” and “lost almost everything including my gadgets” during the scuffle at the radio station.

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FDC recently unveiled a countrywide mobilisation campaign to strengthen its grassroots structures ahead of the 2021 general elections.

Government has previously warned opposition against mobilising masses to forcefully remove President Museveni from power.

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