Pop star turned opposition presidential candidate, Bobi Wine, was reportedly released on bail after dozens protesting his arrest were killed in clashes with police. After he was arrested on Wednesday, the pop star tweeted: “The price of freedom is high but we shall certainly overcome.”
The police pathologist confirmed 37 bodies had been counted by Thursday morning, and between 350 and 500 people are reported to have been arrested during the demonstrations in the Ugandan capital.
Mr Wine was released on bail on Friday after authorities charged him over acts likely to spread coronavirus, a local online TV channel reported.
Supporters of Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, took to the streets, blocking roads and burning car tyres, after news spread of the 38-year-old’s arrest.
Police have used tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets and live rounds in efforts to contain the protests and disperse those gathered to oppose the regime of long-serving president Yoweri Museveni.
Mr Wine, who first found fame as a musician and film actor in Uganda, is now a leading opposition candidate for presidential elections due in January but claimed he was dragged from his car and arrested while campaigning in the east of the country.
Police said he was breaking coronavirus rules that forbid organising mass rallies