Uganda outlaws 'Walk to Work' protest group

Published April 4, 2012 5:09PM (EDT)

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's government has outlawed the activist group that has since last year led popular protests against official corruption and the high cost of living, saying it had become a force for instability.

Government spokesman Fred Opolot said the ban against Activists for Change was issued by Uganda's attorney general on Wednesday. The ban sets up a potential confrontation for Thursday, when the group planned to hold another march. Uganda's capital, Kampala, is currently hosting parliamentarians from all over the world.

The group's leaders include Uganda's top opposition politician Kizza Besigye, who has been repeatedly arrested for his role in the so-called "Walk to Work" protests. The walks have sometimes turned violent.

By Salon Staff

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