PICTURES: Police fire teargas, bullets at social media tax protest

Police attempted to arrest Kayadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, but his supporters successfully defended him and prompted his release. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

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  • Police attempted to arrest Wine, but his supporters successfully defended him and he arrived at Parliament where he hopes to address MPs later Wednesday.

Ugandan police fired live bullets and teargas Wednesday to break up a crowd of demonstrators who had gathered to protest a controversial tax on the use of social media.
Since the beginning of the month access to media such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, as well as dating sites Tinder and Grindr, have been blocked unless users pay a 200-shilling ($0.05, 0.04 euro) daily tax.

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