Ugandan police and protestors demanding the release of opposition lawmakers have clashed in the capital, Kampala, with the security authorities firing teargas canons to disperse the demonstrators.
“The arrest of a number of opposition Members of Parliament following violence around the Arua by-election on the 15 August 2018 has led to heightened political tension. There is an increased likelihood of protests, which may turn violent, across Uganda. You should remain vigilant, avoid large crowds and public demonstrations and follow local media for updates,” the British High Commission in Uganda said in a statement released on Sunday.
Travel advice update: The arrest of a number of opposition MPs following violence around the Arua by-election on the 15 August has led to heightened political tension. There is an increased likelihood of protests, which may turn violent, across UgandaLoading...
— UK in Uganda 🇬🇧 🇺🇬 (@UKinUganda) August 19, 2018
The travel advisory comes a few days after the US warned Ugandan authorities to respect human rights while dealing with the situation.
“All of those detained have the right to humane treatment, due process, access to lawyers and to their families, and a prompt, fair, and transparent trial. Those who need medical attention should be granted immediate access to a doctor of their choice,” the US Embassy Kampala said.
We urge the Government to show the world that Uganda respects its constitution and the human rights of all of its citizens.
— U.S. Mission Uganda (@usmissionuganda) August 17, 2018
Critics has accused President Yoweri Museveni of using force and intimidation to stifle dissent in his country.
One of the opposition Members of Parliament that were arrested is Robert Kyagulanyi, a popular musician-turned-politician who goes by the stage name Bobi Wine.