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3.3.16

Morning Star :: South Africa: Outcry at university racism follows two violent clashes | The Peoples Daily: Young Communist League condemns attacks on protesters

-- SOUTH AFRICA’S liberation movement spoke out against racism in higher education yesterday after violent clashes at two universities.

The University of the Free State (UFS) was closed yesterday and today following Sunday’s violence during a Varsity Cup rugby match between UFS Shimlas and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Madibaz.

Students and university workers invaded the pitch in a protest against outsourcing of services. White spectators responded by attacking the black demonstrators and chasing them from the field.

Shocking video footage showed protesters surrounded and being kicked as they lay on the ground.

On Monday, there were scuffles at the University of Pretoria during a demonstration against the use of Afrikaans as the language in lectures.

Afrikaans Must Fall campaign protesters fought with counter-demonstrators from right-wing NGO AfriForum. Protests were expected to continue yesterday.


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