FreeBobiWine Campaign | Global Pressure Mounts for the Release of Music Activist & MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu

Posted August 24, 2018 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Free Bobi Wine Campaign Goes Global ~ 2,098 views


Toronto, Canada

Global pressure for the release of Bobi Wine continues to build as Ugandan Diaspora communities across the globe continue to protest his detention following what many termed as unlawful arrest in the town of Arua in Northwestern Uganda on 14th August 2018. International lawyer Robert Amsterdam and his law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP, with offices in London and Washington DC, have retained Hon. Kyagulanyi as a client.

Nairobi, Kenya

Others international groups in support have included Afropop Worldwide a Peabody award-winning radio program and online magazine dedicated to music from Africa and the African diaspora all of which have signed petitions in support of Bobi Wine. Signatories have include Peter Gabriel, Adam Clayton of U2, top African musicians such as Femi Kuti, Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and Tom Watson, the deputy leader of the Labour party in the UK.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Below are some of the pictures of the various protest that have ensued starting in Toronto, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Pretoria. Other planned peaceful demos include Boston (Sunday August 26th – Waltham Common Square starting at 1pm) and the United Nations in the greater New York region.

Pretoria, South Africa

The hashtag #FreeBobiWine has also been trending on various diaspora social media platforms and a petition on Change.Org has also attracted over 2000 signatures with wide ranging international media coverage from networks such as BBC, CNN, VOA, DW, Al Jazeera and CBC. Hon. Kyagulanyi 36, was on Thursday charged before Gulu Magistrates Court for stoning the Presidential motorcade. He together with his co-accused MPs were remanded to Gulu prison until August 30, 2018. 

London, United Kingdom

To learn more about the #FreeBobiWine movement see related articles and links on this website calling for the release of the young legislator who has caused jitters in Uganda’s political landscape.

Hong Kong, China

A peaceful protest, also known as nonviolent resistance or nonviolent action, is the act of expressing disapproval through a statement or action without the use of violence.  The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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