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Ugandan police fire teargas at opposition supporters

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 00:36

May 12 - Ugandan police fire teargas to disperse opposition leader's supporters as Kizza Besigye returns to Kampala. Rough cut- No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye at the same time as President Yoweri Museveni was being sworn in for a fourth term. Besigye arrived home on Thursday (May 12), a day after he was barred from boarding a plane from hospital in Kenya, hours before Museveni was due to be inaugurated to extend his rule to three decades. Standing through the sun-roof of a car, Besigye and his wife Winnie waved to several thousand ululating supporters who made V-signs for victory amid a heavy security presence along the road leading to Kampala, a Reuters witness said. Besigye and his supporters have staged a series of protests against rising prices in recent weeks. Besigye's supporters initially fled as police also used water canon to scatter them, while military police used heavy sticks to beat them, but later re-grouped and continued their march to the capital where Museveni was being inaugurated. Besigye has been arrested four times in Uganda since protests over high fuel and food prices began in April. He had gone to the Kenyan capital Nairobi for medical treatment after being injured when police detained him two weeks ago. Museveni, in power for 25 years, has promised to crush the protests, blaming the rising food and fuel costs on drought and global increases in crude oil prices.

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Ugandan police fire teargas at opposition supporters

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 00:36