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Hundreds of Rwandans protest outside UK Embassy over detention of spy chief wanted by Spain

Protesters calling for the release of Lt. Gen. Karenzi Karake, who serves as Rwanda's spy chief, demonstrate outside the British High Commission in Kigali, Rwanda Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the British High Commission in Rwanda saying they will not return home until Karake, who was detained in the UK, is set free. Placards in front row in Kinyarwanda from left to right read "We protest the government of United Kingdom which arrested General Karenzi Karake", "We protest the government of United Kingdom" and "We protest the arrest of General Karenzi; free him." (AP Photo/Denyse Uwera)

Protesters calling for the release of Lt. Gen. Karenzi Karake, who serves as Rwanda's spy chief, demonstrate outside the British High Commission in Kigali, Rwanda Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the British High Commission in Rwanda saying they will not return home until Karake, who was detained in the UK, is set free. Placards in front row in Kinyarwanda from left to right read "We protest the government of United Kingdom which arrested General Karenzi Karake", "We protest the government of United Kingdom" and "We protest the arrest of General Karenzi; free him." (AP Photo/Denyse Uwera)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of people are demonstrating outside the British Embassy in Rwanda, saying they will not return home until a military general detained in the UK is set free.

The detention in London of Lt. Gen. Karenzi Karake, who serves as Rwanda's spy chief, has prompted an angry response from Rwanda's government, which says the charges against Karake are politically motivated.

Karake, a close ally of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was one of 40 members of the Rwandan military indicted in 2008 on charges of terrorism and genocide by Spanish National Court Judge Fernando Andreu.

Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo called the arrest "an outrage," adding "Western solidarity in demeaning Africans is unacceptable."

The people protesting outside the British Embassy here echoed similar sentiments with placards demanding Karake's freedom.