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Diaspora Protests | The Uganda Boston Community Protests Press & Human Right Violations Following Arua By-Election

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Posted August 30, 2018 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Bobi Wine Goes Global ~ 1,085 views

     

Boston Dispatch — On Sunday August 26th in a show of solidarity with other Diaspora communities, the Ugandans community in Massachusetts came out in large numbers to protest press freedoms, human rights violations and the incarceration of member of parliament for Kyadondo East, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu a.k.a Bobi WINE and his 33 co-accused members following the troublesome events of the Arua by-election. 

The boston demo that kicked off on Sunday around 1pm attracted many Ugandans from across several New England States that included New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Upstate New York. After securing their permission to organize the a peaceful demo as stipulated in the US First Amendment — word quickly spread on social media platforms that the Civil War Memorial grounds at the Waltham Common would be the rendezvous point and that the City Mayor – Jeannette A. McCarthy would be in attendance.

Speaker after speaker spoke about their dissatisfaction with the Arua events that have left Uganda’s international image battered and resulted in a violation of press freedoms and the incarceration of elected members of Parliament. In a show of unity the the community members requested those in leadership to respect the human rights of all Ugandans, release the 33 Arua political prisoners, stop press brutality and respect the rule of law. Their message was clear that leaders derive their mandate from the consent of the people they govern hence the need to treat all Ugandans as bonafide Citizens with a stake in the future of Uganda.

The event was punctuated by several patriotic songs of the artist-cum-political activist Bobi Wine whose slogan ‘people power’ has now become an anthem among many diaspora communities. Ugandans who kept coming at arriving at different intervals marched around the Waltham War Memorial Square accompanied by the City Mayor who promised to engage Senator’s Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markay of Massachusetts on the disturbing images she had seen online.

This will go down in history as the largest unified Boston Community event that drew religious leaders, community organizers, students, mothers and friends of Uganda all in one unified anthem for peace and stability of Uganda. 

Similar gatherings held in London – UK, Toronto – Canada, Melbourne – Australia, Pretoria – South Africa and Copenhagen – Denmark attracted sizable crowds.  Other peaceful US based demos were held in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC. With the UNAA’s labor day weekend coming up September 1st – two annual Ugandan American conventions will be held in Seattle and Washington DC were the conversation is expected to continue. It should be noted that the Gulu High Court granted bail to Kyaddondo East MP, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi and his 12 co-accused colleagues on Monday.

Ugandan Diaspora News now brings you some of the highlights of the peaceful protest in Pictures. The views expressed in some of the images are not necessary those held by the publishers of this blog – Viewer discretion is advised.

II Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land!


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