60 arrested as police crush university students demo

police_beating.jpgHARARE - Police on Tuesday brutally crushed a demonstration by University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students, arresting about 60 of the students who were protesting against exorbitant fees at the institution.

Most of the arrested students were later released from police cells
after the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights intervened on their behalf.

Students had staged protests after the UZ authorities published a
notice requiring students to pay US$400 to sit for the end of first
semester examinations scheduled for this month.

Zimbabwe's once proud public education sector is in a state of near
total collapse due to years of under-funding and mismanagement.

Protests have become routine at the UZ and other state universities as
both students and lecturers press for better facilities, stipends and

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