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Six people arrested in Rwanda, accused of spreading rumours

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KIGALI, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Rwandan authorities have arrested six people together with a journalist and members of an opposition social gathering accused of publishing rumours allegedly supposed to spark an rebellion, the investigation bureau mentioned on Thursday.

Theoneste Nsengimana who runs Umubavu TV, a web-based channel that always airs content material vital of the federal government, was amongst these arrested, mentioned Rwanda Investigation Bureau spokesperson Thierry Murangira.

“They are accused of publication of rumours intended to cause uprising or unrest among the population,” he said.

“They have commonality, they are an organised group with the intention to spread rumours intended to cause uprising or unrest among the population using different social media platforms.”

Nsengimana’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Others arrested include members and supporters of opposition leader Victoire Ingabire.

“Members of DALFA-Umurinzi arrested again: We request RIB to ensure their rights are respected. We have not yet been informed the reasons behind their arrest,” Ingabire mentioned on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Nsengimana had posted on his YouTube channel a girl urging people to have fun on “Ingabire day” on Thursday to honour opposition figures who’ve been jailed, kidnapped and killed.

Critics say that Rwandan authorities have been cracking down on vital YouTube channels together with one owned by former college lecturer Aimable Karasira, who was arrested in June and charged with denying the 1994 genocide. He denied the cost.

Critics have accused President Paul Kagame’s authorities of human rights abuses though it has had help from Western donors for restoring stability in the years after the genocide, and boosting financial progress.

Kagame denies accusations of abuse.

Editing by George Obulutsa and Frances Kerry

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