Chapter 24: #WeAreRemovingADictator: the 2021 Uganda election crisis, the possibilities and limits of youth digital activism
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Analysts and researchers of Uganda foretold that the 2021 presidential election would be determined by the role of youth and the use of digital technologies. The election, held under conditions of a COVID-19 lockdown was however characterized by social media shutdown, a military crackdown including a November 2020 massacre in the middle of the campaign period, thus the process culminated in a crisis. In this chapter, two Ugandan diaspora-based organizers reflect on their participation in the pursuit of freedom in the period leading to, and in the aftermath of the election crisis through initiatives that provided popular education and mutual aid. They challenge conventional notions of youth activism and uncover the limits of the digital in effecting political change. The chapter concludes with notes on the possibilities and limitations of youth digital activism in the context of Western imperialism-supported tyranny.

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