KIGALI - Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has launched a scathing verbal attack on the UK government after the arrest of his intelligence chief.
In his first comments since the arrest, Mr Kagame said it was a continuation of "colonialism" and accused the British of "arrogance and contempt".
Karenzi Karake was detained at London's Heathrow Airport on Saturday, in response to a European Arrest Warrant.
He is accused of ordering massacres in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
The president said that the British authorities "must have mistaken [Gen Karake] for an illegal immigrant. The way they treat illegal immigrants is the way they treat all of us".
He added that the British had been patronising, "wagging a finger at the African and telling him this is where you belong. We are no longer the African that belongs there".
Gen Karake has appeared in a London court.
In Rwanda, protests have continued outside the British High Commission in the capital, Kigali.
Protesters have threatened to remain until the Gen Karake is released.