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Violence erupts in Ugandan capital over arrest of opposition leader

04-29-2011 17:48 BJT

KAMPALA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Violence erupted on Friday in the Ugandan capital Kampala following the arrest of the country's main opposition leader the previous day.

In the city center, rioters were engaged in running battles with the police and the military which was using live bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds, witnesses reported.

Some shops were closed for fear of being looted.

Several people are alleged to have been injured and rushed to various hospitals.

The violence which started in the city center is now spreading to the suburbs with rioters confrontation with the police and the military.

Police are calling on the public to remain calm.

Kizza Besigye, who was the rival of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in the Feb. 18 polls, was arrested by security operatives on Thursday as he was driving to work.

Security operatives broke into his car and sprayed him with unknown chemicals to blind him, his supporters said.

Besigye was released on bail after being arrested for what the police called illegal protests.

The arrest was the forth for Besigye in three weeks since the opposition started the "Walk to Walk" protest against the high commodity prices in the East African country.

The government insists that the opposition must coordinate with the police if it is to organize the protests.

The political situation remains tense since the Feb. 18 general elections.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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