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  • Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students

  • Riot police descend on UZ campus
    Students Solidarity Trust
    March 01, 2007

    The University of Zimbabwe campus was yesterday evening turned into a battlefield as riot police, armed with baton sticks and teargas clashed with students.

    Three students have been arrested and are currently detained at the Avondale Police Station, including Kudzai Mutonhonho a disabled student and a member of the Students Executive Council

    The notorious riot police, who have continued to showcase their laager mentality, wantonly beat up students going about their normal business in the evening, ordering students to sleep.

    Over the last week, riot police have laid siege on Harare residents, imposing subtle curfews and beating up residents in areas like Highfields, Glen Norah and Chitungwiza.

    In an act of sheer brutality and unchecked callousness, the riot police beat up Kudzai Mutonhonho, a disabled student.  Mutonhonho is the Secretary for Legal and Academic Affairs in the Students Executive Council.  He is currently in police custody at Avondale Police Station, with two other unidentified students.

    University of Zimbabwe students yesterday staged protests at the campus. The exorbitant tuition fees, which amount to $450 000 for resident students have continued to attract the ire of students and their campaign, organized under the students umbrella body Zimbabwe National Student Union Education for all and not for the elite! has continued to gather momentum.

    The students also impressed on the government to decisively deal with the strike by academic and non-academic staff at the University which has affected the students.

    The refusal by the University administration to technically chase male students out of campus have spawned a massive accommodation crisis at the University of Zimbabwe and students demanded that male students be allowed to apply for residence. The State responded by sending truckloads of riot police who spent the entire night harassing and beating up students.

    Masimba Nyamanhindi
    Program Officer (Information, Coordination, Packaging and Distribution (ICPD)

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