Stu­dents, po­lice clash in bit­ter cam­pus bat­tle

The Myanmar Times - - World -

South African po­lice fired rub­ber bul­lets, stun grenades and tear gas at stu­dent pro­test­ers in Jo­han­nes­burg as au­thor­i­ties tried to re-open the pres­ti­gious Wits Univer­sity af­ter weeks of demon­stra­tions. The univer­sity, along with many cam­puses across South Africa, has been closed for at least two weeks dur­ing protests over tu­ition fees, with vi­o­lent clashes reg­u­larly erupt­ing be­tween stu­dents, po­lice and pri­vate se­cu­rity guards. Univer­sity au­thor­i­ties have vowed to re-open the cam­pus, with vice chan­cel­lor Adam Habib warn­ing of the “im­mense con­se­quences of not fin­ish­ing the aca­demic year”.

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