Football fans have different ways of celebrating victory after a game, but in Uganda, several Arsenal fans were arrested in the streets of Jinja after celebrating the club’s win against Manchester United in the English Premier League.
The supporters carried a symbolic trophy while donning the club’s red jersey.
According to the police, the procession was held without a permit, which is a violation of public order.
Sunday’s game against a fierce rival ended with a dramatic last-second goal from Arsenal, giving them a 3-2 victory.
As a result, the Gunners now have a five-point lead over the competition, giving supporters all over the world hope that the club might finally end its 19-year wait to win the English Premier League.
Baker Kasule, one of the Arsenal fans said: “I don’t know what we have done but we were simply celebrating our victory over rivals Manchester United.”
James Mubi, the regional police chief and a self-professed Arsenal supporter, told the BBC that although he had not looked into the charges against the fans, he was perplexed as to why they were celebrating when only half of the season’s games had been played.
“What would happen if an altercation with rival fans broke out? They did not inform police to provide security for their procession,” Mr. Mubi said, rejecting the idea that the arrest was connected to the regular arrests of red-clad opposition party members.
According to rights organizations, the Public Order Management Act gave police discretionary powers that were used to repress citizens’ rights.
Makeshift video halls in Uganda are always jam-packed to the gills when Arsenal or Manchester United play because of their enormous fan bases in Uganda and throughout Africa.