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EMC and Rhodes unite: photos

Today, protests began on Rhodes University campus in order to bring attention to the high MIP and general fees at the University. After hearing about an increased level of police presence at Eastcape Midlands College, Rhodes students marched to their campus to show their solidarity. EMC students have not been reimbursed their accommodation fees and have been protesting for the past few weeks. For more details, click here. Compiled by Megan Whittington. All photos by Greg Roxburgh.

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SAPS fired stun grenades into the crowd of protesters in an attempt to disperse them. This level of force was described as “necessary” by police on the scene. Rhodes University VC, Dr Mabizela condemned the act, stating that it had “no place in a constitutional democracy”. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

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Police presence was strong at the scene. An approximate of seven vehicles and 13 officers were counted (four of whom were armed). The K-9 Unit was also on stand-by. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

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Protesters attempted to speak with management, but were denied access. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

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Students were prevented from entering the EMC campus. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

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Protesters attempted to gain access to the EMC campus and address management. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

Dr Mabizela was also denied access to the EMC campus. "...when we were there they wouldn’t open the gate," he said. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

Dr Mabizela was also denied access to the EMC campus. “…when we were there they wouldn’t open the gate,” he said. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

Protesters gather near the EMC campus. Police monitor the situation and have decreased activity since being addressed by Dr Mabizela. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

Protesters gather near the EMC campus. Police monitor the situation and have decreased activity since being addressed by Dr Mabizela. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

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Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

Protesters head back to Rhodes University. Dr Mabizela suggested that students return to campus where more protection can be offered. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

Protesters head back to Rhodes University. Dr Mabizela suggested that students return to campus where more protection can be offered. Pic credit: Greg Roxburgh

 

 

 

 

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