At least twoÂ female students at a leadingÂ South African universityÂ have taken off their bras toÂ protest against against alleged police brutality.
In a video posted on Twitter, the toplessÂ students stared at police with their handsÂ crossed above their heads, chanting:
It’s for free education. Stop shooting usâ comrades. Cease fireâ comrades. It’s for free education.”
Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse protestingÂ studentsÂ at the University of Witwatersrand in the main city, Johannesburg.
ItsÂ vice-chancellor,Â Adam Habib,Â said police and private security guards would help “take back our campus” on behalf of students andÂ staffÂ who wanted to return to class, the Associated Press news agency reports.
The university and other campuses have been hit by protests since last month,Â whenÂ the government proposed a tuition fee increase of up to 8%t for 2017.
The protesters are demanding that tuition fees be scrapped, causing some of the worst unrest at South African universities since apartheid ended in 1994.
President Jacob Zuma hasÂ saidÂ the protests have damaged property worth aboutÂ $44mÂ (ÂŁ35m)Â and threatenÂ to sabotage the country’s higher education system.
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