Ugandan police fire at protesters, one killed

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  • Military police lock down Kampala city centre

  • Crowds protest beating and arrest of opposition leader

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By Barry Malone and James Akena

KAMPALA, April 29 (Reuters) - At least one person was killed when Ugandan police fired live bullets and tear gas on Friday to disperse crowds protesting the arrest a day earlier of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, a Reuters witness said.

The victim appeared to have been shot in the head and was lying in a pool of blood at a local market. Local media reported two more people had been killed.

Smoke billowed over the capital Kampala after crowds burnt tyres to block roads. Protesters stoned shops and cars to express their anger at Besigye being beaten, pepper-sprayed and dragged away by police on Thursday, all shown on TV footage.

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