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Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye arrested

AP reports from Kasangati, Uganda: Police in Uganda battled protesters for the third time in a week and again arrested the country's top opposition politician on Monday, and the Red Cross said one protester died after being tear gassed.

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A Ugandan anti-riot policeman directs Forum for Democratic Change leader Kizza Besigye (center, with bandage) to board a police pick-up track before his arrest in the Kasangati suburb of the capital Kampala on April 18. Ugandan opposition leader Besigye was arrested on Monday during a protest against high food and fuel prices in the capital Kampala, police said.

Police arrested Kizza Besigye and about a dozen members of parliament while trying to walk to work. Police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba said Besigye was arrested for trying to hold a political demonstration.

Besigye was arrested twice last week while trying to walk to work to protest the high cost of gas and food. Last week violence broke out during his second attempt and he was shot in the hand by police.

James Akena / Reuters

Ugandan security agents arrest Kizza Besigye center) in, Kasangati, Kampala on April 18.

Besigye took second place in Uganda's February presidential election to President Yoweri Museveni. A leader in Besigye's political party, the Forum for Democracy, said Monday's arrest was unfair.

"He has a right to walk if he wishes so," Ann Mugisha said. Continue reading.

James Akena / Reuters

Kizza Besigye (center) sits on the back of a police pick-up truck after he was arrested in Kasangati, Kampala on April 18.

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