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Ugandan demonstrators injured at protest over high gas prices

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Ugandan police beat up a protester on Thursday, April 14, in Kampala, Uganda. Witnesses in Uganda say police fired tear gas into a hospital during a skirmish with stone-throwing protesters.

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A Ugandan policeman kicks a protester, in Kampala, Uganda, Thursday, April 14.

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Supporters of Uganda's Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Kizza Besigye participate in a protest along the road in the Kasangati suburb of the capital Kampala on Thursday.

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Uganda's opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye (on stretcher) is taken to hospital in Kampala on Thursday. Besigye was shot in the arm when police on fired tear gas and rubber bullets to stop groups of protesters from marching towards the capital Kampala, the Red Cross said.

 Reuters reports:

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye, President Yoweri Museveni's closest rival in February elections, was injured while taking part in a protest against high food and fuel prices, he said on Thursday.

Military police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a crowd of more than 1,000 led by Besigye marching to the center of the capital Kampala, Reuters witnesses said.

"Shortly after the firing began I was hit and I suspect it was a rubber bullet. I had sharp pain and so this ring finger started bleeding," Besigye told reporters at the Kampala Hospital before he was taken for treatment.

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