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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

POLICE FIRE RUBBER BULLETS AT STUDENTS


Swaziland police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse students protesting about the lack of equipment at their university.

Armed police forced the students from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology campus, Mbabane, where they had been boycotting classes for the past week.

Limkokwing administrators said the university had now been closed ‘indefinitely’.

Students were protesting about the lack of technical equipment, including computers, laptops and cameras. The university is a private university, based in Malaysia, which opened a campus in Swaziland in May 2011. The Swazi Government pays E16 million (US$2 million) a year for scholarships to the university.

Local media reported armed police officers used rubber bullets to disperse the students who were refusing to leave the university premises after they were ordered to do so by management. Students ran from the university when police fired teargas and took cover in a nearby shopping complex, but were forced from there by armed police. 

There have been numerous complaints and boycotts by students over issues including poor accommodation, non-payment of allowances and non-availability of teachers, since the university first opened.

See also

STUDENTS UNDER FIRE FROM POLICE

KING FELL FOR BOGUS UNIVERSITY

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