So much for the light-weight, jovial blog post about Coca-Cola memories I'd planned for today. A YouTube video of NTV's coverage of Kizza Besigye's fourth arrest related to the walk to work campaign left me mouthing the word: disgusting, and put my thoughts of Callie T. on a back burner.
This disturbing footage of the disgusting, inhumane treatment of Dr. Besigye today penetrated the safe cocoon in which I live/work and had had a lovely, happy and productive day. It was hard to believe that this violence had taken place in the same city--just a few, short kilometers away.
In my mind played the screams of a young Ricky Lake, as Tracy Turnblad in 1988's Hairspray:
An imprisoned Penny Pingleton joined in the protest:
But this is not 1963 Baltimore, John Waters is not directing the action, and I really doubt that Besigye is in his prison cell ironing his hair in another form of protest, soon to emerge into freedom dancing The Roach.
The reality is what was caught on camera and broadcast on today's news.
Last year it was the Bahati 'Kill the Gays' bill, and this year is becoming spray with tear gas and beat Besigye and other non-violent, civil-disobedient protesters. What's going on?
Kampala 2011 and Birmingham 1963