Demonstrating students clash with police

HARARE - Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) protesters yesterday clashed with police as scores of students marched through central Harare in a rally calling for a slash in tuition fees and the return of student grants and loans.

Fifteen female demonstrators were arrested following scuffles with police along the route to Parliament.

Dozens of officers moved in and clashed with some placard-waving demonstrators.

A number of the students were seriously injured in the deadly clashes with baton-wielding police.

The march started at Rezende Street at around 2pm, with the students singing, chanting slogans and waving placards demanding a review of tuition fees.

Three truckloads of police in riot gear swooped on the protestors and turned the situation into a mini-war zone, with many onlookers taking to their heels.

A gun-toting police officer barricaded Nelson Mandela Avenue, directing all cars to stop as his colleagues descended on female students, indiscriminately battering them, including some who were physically challenged.

Undeterred by the police heavy-handedness, Zinasu spokesperson Avoid Masiraha said they will continue with their demonstrations until government addresses their problems.

A further day of action is being planned to focus on the ill-treatment of students.

The militant students’ union vowed to step up strike action seeking the reinstatement of grants and student support.

“We are not going to stop, as for this one it was organised by female students and we want to hand over our petition to Parliament,” Masiraha said.

The students’ leader described what happened yesterday as a sign that “police do not respect human rights”.

“We want to tell the police that they must stop their habit of beating up people.

“We have the right to demonstrate and they must read the Constitution. Look, some of the arrested students are writing their exams and they will be affected,” a tough-talking Masiraha said.


Comments (7)

I once said it that Jona is sleeping on duty focusing on twitter rather that student plight and worse still running the ministry. If he could be like Mzembi, students would have been in a better shape today. Shame on you Jona and the police.

Wafawarova - 14 November 2015

Well done boys and girls unfortunately we do not have a govt in this country but a group of very frightened lot pretending to be a govt . This group is scared of people even at little boys and girls who are demanding to be treated fairly at schools just exactly like their children are treated at some foreign universities like for example university of cape town . All sane people fail to understand why police men can just decide to thrash our children without being provoked . This is now creating hatred between members of the zrp and common people bcoz ZRP is now used to protect satan and we must stand up and tell all police men to get out from amongst us and go live with their satan .For a long time they have been shielding diabolos demety!!!!!!!! .We can chase away all policemen from locations bcoz they serve no purpose to be living with us as they pretend not to know that we are suffering when they actually also suffer so they are not good at all we must mark them make sure they pay for associating with satan

Diibulaanyika - 14 November 2015

Well done students. I was waiting for this action. Its your right to get student loans and grants. Children of government officials are studying at universities abroad, using taxpayers money. Continue with the fight guys until final victory.

Peter Jongwe - 14 November 2015

All policemen must be driven out of high density surbubs unless they can demonstrate that they support the common people and not being used by ZANU pf to beat up citizens for no reason

Maxwell Ngoro - 14 November 2015

Shuwa we have power to move away spoiled thugs from our society and these policemen and their families must be driven out now from our home so that they can go and live in camps we can not continue housing friends of satan demety .Our children are more important than those of ministers who are sent to world class foreign universities like cape town where they then abuse drugs and indulge into sex bonanza . Our kids are going to schools under very difficulty condition and when they try to raise that they are battered by thugs pretending to be cops hey no no no this is becoming too much to us parents these kids mighty not be special to this so called govt but to us they are so special like Zanele was to Jonathan and even more bcoz they do not go to school to do drugs and sex but study blood swine to all policemen who beat up our boys and girls i am very angry as a parent .

Diibulaanyika - 14 November 2015

what can you expect from people who send their children abroad for better education.They are aware of the rot at home yet they claim administrators.

Lawrence MUNKOMBWE - 15 November 2015

Grants and wat???? from wc government you must be daydreaming ZINASU should knoe better tht thz thngz they demonstrating for will neva happen unless the ruling party is rmvd,,,instead of demonstrating for more important thngs they want will remain like that until we ol stand up unity as one and look for the way forward in putting a good government,,,constitution or no constitution its one and the same thing...its there on the paper but not pratically proven,,,muchangoramba muchirohwa nemapurisa

kk - 16 November 2015

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