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US Senator Attacks Gov't Over American Journalist's Arrest

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buy information pills http://civilianpeaceservice.ca/wp-includes/class-wp-network-query.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), generic chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, this issued a statement Friday in response to what he described as “additional repressive acts against freedom of expression and assembly in Uganda.”

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An, Taylor Kraus, was arrested Tuesday while filming the police response to an opposition rally.

“Respect for freedom of expression and openness to political dissent are cornerstones of any democratic society. The Ugandan government’s continued suppression of speech and assembly is undermining the prospects for Uganda’s democratic future,” said Coons.

“While I recognize and value Uganda’s leadership in combating terrorism and promoting stability in the region, the United States must not stand by as democratic values and principles are being increasingly disregarded. I urge the Obama Administration to speak out forcefully against the Ugandan government’s actions, including the arrest this week of an American journalist there.”

The Senator said “reversing the anti-democratic trend in Uganda is not about imposing abstract political values, but about Uganda’s long-term stability, prosperity, and the future of its relationship with the United States.”

Coons is slowly branding himself as a Ugandan opposition sympathizer, having earlier condemned the arrest of Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

ARREST

Just like the other journalists, Krauss begun his work on Tuesday morning from Buganda Road Court, where he filmed the trial of former leader of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Col Kizza Besigye and others who had appeared to answer to charges of inciting violence.

At round 1:00pm, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, Abdu Katuntu, Frank Niwagaba, Chris Baryomunsi and Besigye left the venue as Taylor followed their convoy.

However, there was a scuffle between Besigye and Police at Mabirizi Complex, with the latter towing away the politician’s car to Central Police Station.

As events unfolded, Krauss was filming the police’s actions.

It was at that time that security operatives picked and detained Krauss at Jinja Road Police Station in Kampala.

His camera and memory cards were subsequently confiscated.

Chimpreports understands that a few days before his arrest, Krauss had been seen covering the chaos that ensued as police tried to escort Lukwago to the KCCA Tribunal.

Coons further said “This week’s developments follow a disturbing pattern of repression.”

“In May, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of four independent media houses for running stories critical of his government. While they were allowed to reopen 10 days later, they were forced to apologize and agree to self-censor any content the government might find offensive. In June, Ugandan security forces violently dispersed a crowd gathered to hear Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd.”

The Internal Affairs Ministry Deputy Spokesperson, Benjamin Kadiremire Katana, told Chimpreports on Saturday that Krauss left the country on Friday.

“It was organized departure. Unlike deportation where the person is not allowed to return forever of for a specific period of time, Krauss can return after providing all the necessary immigration documents,” said Katana.

The Ministry had earlier accused Krauss of violating the country’s immigration rules and operating illegally.

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