Police teargas striking University students
13 March 2015, 10:20
Kampala - Police in Uganda used teargas Thursday afternoon to stop Makerere University students from looting shops near the campus, after they went on strike protesting an imposed fee payment deadline.
Authorities at the University had given the students until Saturday to pay all fees before sitting their examinations later on.
''The students attempted to get out of the camps to loot the shops and kiosks but police used teargas and also fired bullets in the air to disperse them,'' said a security officer, Ivan Mboge.
Mboge said that students often loot the shops and open air stalls near the University whenever they strike and so police had to contain them.
However, a few students managed to escape through holes in the fence and caused havoc by pelting vehicles with stones. Several vehicle were damaged in the process.
One of the students, Abel Nsika, said in an interview: ''We will not stop striking until the deadline is removed. All of us do not come from rich families. Some of our parents are poor and cannot afford to pay tuition by Saturday."
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