Photos: Topless South African student protesters demand an end to alleged police brutality


Bare chest students gesture at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on October 4, 2016 in an act of defiance against South African anti riot policemen during a mass demonstration.

At least two female students at a leading South African university have taken off their bras to protest against against alleged police brutality.

Students from Wits University are thrown to the ground after a stun grenade exploded near them during running battles on the campus as ongoing protests continue against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016

In a video posted on Twitter, the topless students stared at police with their hands crossed above their heads, chanting:






It’s for free education. Stop shooting us‚ comrades. Cease fire‚ comrades. It’s for free education.”

Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse protesting students at the University of Witwatersrand in the main city, Johannesburg.

Police forces shoot at Wits students during running battles on the campus as ongoing protests continue against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016

Its vice-chancellor, Adam Habib, said police and private security guards would help “take back our campus” on behalf of students and staff who wanted to return to class, the Associated Press news agency reports.

A student opposing a protest over high tuition fees holds a placard at Johannesburg"s University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4,2016

The university and other campuses have been hit by protests since last month, when the government proposed a tuition fee increase of up to 8%t for 2017.





 

A student holds rocks during clashes with the South African police at Johannesburg"s University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4,2016

The protesters are demanding that tuition fees be scrapped, causing some of the worst unrest at South African universities since apartheid ended in 1994.

Students from the Tshwane University Of Technology (TUT) campuses protest outside the Department for Higher Education and Training, calling for Blade Nzimande, the Minister of Higher Education to step down on September 26, 2016 in Pretoria.

President Jacob Zuma has said the protests have damaged property worth about $44m (£35m) and threaten to sabotage the country’s higher education system.

South African police officers dismantle a barricade in the Doornfontein district of Johannesburg after students of the local University of Johannesburg campus clashed with private security guards on September 28, 2016

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