February 4, 2023

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Arsenal followers in recent hassle


At the least eight Arsenal followers have been arrested within the Ugandan metropolis of Jinja after celebrating the membership’s win towards Manchester United within the English Premier League.

The followers had been carrying the membership’s pink jersey and carrying a symbolic trophy.
Police stated they didn’t have a allow to carry the procession which is a public order offence.

Arsenal scored a dramatic last-minute aim to win 3-2 in Sunday’s match towards a fierce rival.

The consequence gave the Gunners a five-point cushion on the high of the desk, giving hope to followers around the globe that the membership may finish its 19-year wait to win the English Premier League.

The Arsenal followers had been travelling in a convoy of 5 autos on Monday morning once they had been intercepted by police. One in every of them was carrying a trophy that they had purchased at an area retailer.

“I don’t know what we’ve got carried out however we had been merely celebrating our victory over rivals Manchester United,” Arsenal fan Baker Kasule is quoted as saying by the native Day by day Monitor information web site.

James Mubi, the regional police boss and a self-declared Arsenal fan, advised the BBC he had not reviewed the followers’ costs however puzzled why they had been celebrating when solely half of the matches within the season had been performed.

“What would occur if an altercation with rival followers broke out? They didn’t inform police to supply safety for his or her procession,” Mr Mubi stated, dismissing the suggestion that the arrest was linked to the frequent arrest of members of an opposition social gathering who additionally put on pink.

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Rights teams say the Public Order Administration Act has given police discretionary powers which were used to stifle residents’ rights.

Agather Atuhaire, a lawyer and rights activist, advised the BBC that Uganda’s police proceed “to be high-handed even after the Constitutional Court docket nullified all of the draconian provisions that gave them unfettered powers to limit the constitutionally assured freedom of affiliation and meeting”.

Arsenal and Manchester United take pleasure in large assist in Uganda, and throughout Africa, and once they play makeshift video halls in Uganda are at all times packed to the rafters.

BBC