Least eight arsenal fans were arrested in the ugandan city of jinja after celebrating the club’s win against manchester united in the english premier league. police said the fans did not have a permit to hold the procession, which is a public order offence. the incident occurred on monday morning, when the fans were travelling in a convoy of five vehicles. they were wearing the club’s red jersey and carrying a symbolic trophy.
Fans were arrested after arsenal scored a dramatic last-minute goal to win 3-2 in sunday’s match against a fierce rival. the result gave the gunners a five-point cushion at the top of the table, giving hope to fans around the world that the club could end its 19-year wait to win the english premier league. james mubi, the regional police boss and a self-declared arsenal fan, questioned why the fans were celebrating when only half of the matches in the season had been played.
Police intercepted the convoy and arrested the fans for not having a permit for their procession. rights groups say the public order management act has given police discretionary powers that have been used to stifle citizens’ rights. agather atuhaire, a lawyer and rights activist, said that uganda’s police continue “to be high-handed even after the constitutional court nullified all the draconian provisions that gave them unfettered powers to restrict the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of association and assembly”.