Uganda: Gulu University Strike Students Released

The Police in Gulu district on Thursday set free 21 Gulu University students, who had been arrested over a strike.

According to the district Police commander, Denis Odoch, the 21 students were part of the group that participated in a three-day strike that paralysed business at the university last week. Odoch said the Police screened and discovered that some of the suspects were not students, but residents in the university’s neighbourhood.

The outgoing guild president of Gulu University, Philemon Nabeta, accused the Police of acting brutally while quelling the Wednesday strike.

“The Police were beating students using batons and shooting rubber bullets at them,” he said.

Anti-riot Police in Gulu on Wednesday fired tear gas to quell the strike by government-sponsored students at the university, over their unpaid living out allowances.

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