We are calling for prayers for one fatality [editor’s note, see below] and many distressed people after the police stormed a venue celebrating the beauty pageant as part of Pride Uganda. I was there and I witnessed all the incident.
Many in alternative clothing were arrested plus leading activists and several of the organisers.
The event was well attended with many international guests from Europe and the USA. The police harassed those who used their phones or attempted to use it. A few foreigners were arrested, they were paying attention to trans people and I heard someone running around asking anyone crossed dress to change clothing ASAP.I am fine as I was protected by others but many people were extremely distressed and concerned.
The police rounded us up and forced us into a very tight space and ordered us to sit on the floor. A few people in their distress were tearful and needed the bathroom, the police refused. Many people remained calm but our photographs were forcefully taken whilst the police shouted, jeered and humiliated people
Editor’s note: A second and third report, coming in from Uganda from two separeate sources within 24 hours following the above posting, did not confirm one fatality, instead, these subsequent reports stated the person in question was in critical condition, not, at the time of the subsequent reports, deceased.