KAMPALA, UGANDA (AP) – Police in Uganda confronted popular opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine during an online press conference on Thursday to announce a petition to the International Criminal Court, and he said they fired tear gas and bullets as they swarmed his car.
Journalists watched as an officer dragged Wine from the car while he pleaded that he had broken no law. “As you can see, I’m being arrested,” he said to the camera, before popping sounds were heard.
“You are embarrassing the country,” Wine told officers. He was later allowed to finish the briefing and drive on. He had spent the day campaigning, during which he said 23 members of his team had been arrested.
The confrontation played out hours after the deadly riot in the Unites States (US) Capitol led to questions about whether some governments would be emboldened to push back harder against people invoking democratic ideals like fair elections.