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53 students arrested at NUST
Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
May 10, 2007

53 students were yesterday arrested at National University of Science and Technology ( NUST) after demonstrating at the university campus. The students were protesting against exorbitant fees being charged at tertiary institutions, the endless strikes by lecturers and their mass exodus, and the unbridled attack on Human Rights Defenders in Zimbabwe. Among the arrested are Student Representative Council (SRC) President Clever Bere, and Themba Tapenduka, an SRC member.

Riot police, armed with tear gas canisters, batton sticks and AK47 riffles invaded the university campus and started to indiscriminatly assault students. NUST Vice President, Mehluli Dube said "the scene reminds me of the one which resulted in the death of Batanai Hadzidzi. We are afraid that Bere, who was on the run together with me a few weeks ago might be brutally beaten." Hadzidzi who was a student at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), was murdered by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) during a peaceful demostration at the UZ in 2002.

The arrested are currently detained at the Bulawayo Central Police station. Lawyers from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) are representing the student.

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