Youth from Uganda and across the diaspora have united forces to help build Global solidarity with the Youth in Uganda fighting to remove their dictator. Whether possible or not, global solidarity is needed as they continue to be under surveillance with the implementation of social media tax and social media blockages. Ugandan social media activists have been been tortured, kidnapped and murdered in the past – with most recently including journalists. They are reaching out and asking for social media users that are outside of Uganda and the African continent to change their display pictures to the colour red for the entire month of January, or the redpearl logo, while sharing with friends why; to stand in solidarity with Ugandan youth. The campaign is called redpearl because Uganda is the pearl of Africa, with red symbolizing the blood that has been shed in the hands of the government. They are also encouraging as many journalists from abroad to pick up on the story, to support the journalists who have lost their lives attempting to document to release what is happening. Journalism is not a crime, and neither is fighting for freedom. Uganda has had the same president since the 80’s, who has caused immense trauma to millions. The youth are fighting for their future generations, their country and their continent and have hope in Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to be the new face of Uganda. However, youth pose a threat to to the Ugandan government because they make up 80% of voters. This will be Uganda’s first digital election, already ensuring a lack of access from votes that matter most. They want to ensure that social media access as well as internet is not blocked off during January, as it has in past elections. The current opposition, Bobi Wine, has had his supporters, campaign members, family, friends, drivers and security murdered. This is their only chance. Lets stand in solidarity with the youth of Uganda.
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