18 October 2010
Over 100 armed riot police sealed off the University of Zimbabwe on Monday in an effort to subdue a planned mass class boycott by students demanding a ‘fresh start’ in the education sector.
Speaking to SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe National Students (ZINASU) coordinator Kurayi Garnet Hoyi said most colleges and universities countrywide were besieged by armed police units, determined to intimidate students. Police warned students against any ‘funny behavior’ and said they had orders to ‘shoot to kill’.
Seven students were arrested in Masvingo, including the ZINASU Secretary General Joshua Chinyere. Members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) are said to be hunting for the union’s president Obert Masaraure.
Last week Masaraure told SW Radio Africa that students countrywide would begin an indefinite class boycott demanding a ‘fresh start’ in the education sector.
Masaraure said; ‘The current state of education is abnormal and yet everyone is trying to normalize an abnormal situation.’ He said their union is pushing for a ‘mass class boycott’ which will be complemented by several ‘street protests’.