FDC siege: police teargases, foils ‘march of women’

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Police officers arresting FDC women

Police on Wednesday suppressed members of the Women League of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] and laid siege to the head offices in Najjanankumbi along Entebbe Road.

No entry or exit was allowed.

The party said it was very clear their intentions are to stop every one apart from NRM carrying out political activities in Uganda.

The Party Women leaders were headed to Parliament to deliver a petition against torture and blocking of FDC activities “by the regime and yet it’s a legally registered Political Party free to assemble and carry out party activities throughout the country”.

They were angered by a Monday incident in which heavily armed police backed with armoured vehicles and water cannons sprayed Kizza Besigye’s car almost throwing him out of the roof top of his car as he headed for a conference at Mandela National Stadium Namboole.

About 30 women had converged at FDC offices in Najjanakumbi to prepare for the march in a protest to express their dissatisfaction with security forces torment Ugandans.

Anna Adeke, the national youth female MP, called it “a mothers’ fight, to show the country how we are not happy with the way police and the army have been brutally arresting and beating our children and husbands”.

Police quickly deployed and surrounded the offices. They arrested four women amidst a scuffle.

The women inside the compound started throwing stones and other objects at police officers. Police responded by firing teargas.

Adeke Anna, Ingrid Turinawe and Virginia Plan Mugyenyi were teargassed and pepper sprayed as police descended on women, arresting and whisking them away.

Ingrid and her group choking on teargas

Besigye’s aide Ronald Muhinda was among those arrested and detained at Katwe Police Station.

A woman washes off itching teargas
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