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Kampala, Uganda (CNN) — The leader of Uganda’s main opposition party was arrested Monday on unspecified charges by police ahead of a planned walk to protest sharp increases in inflation and commodity prices.
Dr. Kizza Besigye was taken to the Kasangati police station and detained, authorities said.
Police spokeswoman Captain Judith Nabakooba said Besigye, who heads the Forum for Democratic Change party, was arrested while “walking from his home in a group” for charges “which are still under investigation, as well as previous cases against him.”
Last week, Besigye had to be taken to a hospital after he was hit in the hand, apparently by a rubber bullet fired by a member of the military police during a similar protest.
Video from Kireka which was the scene of rioting
Police confirmed that Monday’s arrest of Besigye set off clashes between demonstrators and police in the Kampala suburbs.
Besigye had vowed to “walk to work,” protesting every Monday and Thursday, contending the government is manipulating prices for fuel and commodities.
Nabakooba said last week that police had asked Besigye to walk alone, without being accompanied by supporters.
Authorities said Monday that supporters who walked with Besigye were responsible for “inciting violence.”
In February, Besigye lost in an election bid to replace President Yoweri Museveni, who has led the country since a rebel group with which he was aligned seized power in 1986. Besigye, a former doctor to Museveni, lost previous presidential bids in 2001 and 2006.
At least two people were killed and over 100 injured in Uganda’s capital Friday over the capture of opposition leader Kizza Besigye.
Besigye has been leading protests in recent months over high food and fuel prices in Uganda.