Ugandan MP, journalists arrested as police disperse social media tax protest

| Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 4:09pm



Police in Ugandan capital Kampala have used tear gas and live bullets to disperse protests against the controversial social media tax issued in May 2018.

The new set of tax laws introduced a levy of 200 shillings per day for access to a range of online services.

The protesters most of whom were wearing red attires and brandishing placards were seen running helter-skelter after the tear gas and bullets were discharged.

The Police have arrested a popular politician and musician , who led the protesters.

MP Robert Kyagulanyi is currently being held along with three Journalists.

The protest was labeled “National Peaceful Demonstration Against Mobile Money and Social Media Tax.

President Yoweri Museveni is on record to have defended the now controversial tax.

SOURCE: africanews