What Happened: Ugandan police have arrested six supporters of popular opposition figure Bobi Wine for wearing red berets, an iconic symbol of the popular singer that the government banned, Reuters reported Oct. 3.
Why It Matters: A continued crackdown on Wine's supporters by Ugandan security forces could spur a political crisis that could limit Kampala's ability to deploy forces for stabilization operations in the Great Rift Valley region. Growing volatility in Uganda could also have ripple effects in neighboring countries.
Background: The charismatic presence of Wine, the stage name employed by Robert Kyagulanyi, has made him a rallying point for Uganda's young population, and his political rise threatens to undermine popular support for longtime President Yoweri Museveni.
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