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South African police arrested nine people during arson attacks and stone-throwing near a Johannesburg university where students have been protesting for free education, authorities said today, and the government called for "violent campus protest to stop immediately."

Two vehicles were set on fire in the overnight unrest in Braamfontein, an urban area that was the scene of similar violence during clashes between students and police earlier in the week, the national police said on Twitter.



Of the nine people arrested, two are students at the University of the Witwatersrand, also known as Wits, two are from other universities and five are not students, said Shirona Patel, a university spokeswoman.

The school, one of South Africa's leading universities, has imposed overnight restrictions on access and movement on campus because of security concerns. It rejected criticism from some protesters that additional security measures and a police presence on campus were provoking violence.

"The only reason these measures were implemented was because a group of students started four fires on our campuses on Thursday night, smashed windows, stoned buildings and flooded rooms," the university said in a statement today.

In other violence, two buildings were damaged by firebombs at the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South African media reported today.

The government statement today called the upsurge of violence around the student protests "criminal and unwarranted."

Student protests, many of which have turned violent, have forced some universities to close. The unrest began last month when the government recommended that universities increase 2017 fees by no more than 8 percent, while saying it would cover fee hikes for poor university students.

Protesters call the plan insufficient and demand the gradual implementation of free university education.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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South African police arrest 9 in rioting near university

South African police arrested nine people during arson attacks and stone-throwing near a Johannesburg university where students have been protesting for free education, authorities said today, and the government called for "violent campus protest to stop immediately." Two vehicles were set on fire in the overnight unrest in Braamfontein, an urban area that was the scene of similar violence during clashes between students and police earlier in the week, the national police said on Twitter. Of the nine people arrested, two are students at the University of the Witwatersrand, also known as Wits, two are from other universities and five are not students, said Shirona Patel, a university spokeswoman. The school, one of South Africa's leading universities, has imposed overnight restrictions on access and movement on campus because of security concerns. It rejected criticism from some protesters that additional security measures and a police presence on campus were provoking ... South African police arrested nine people during arson attacks and stone-throwing near a Johannesburg university where students have been protesting for free education, authorities said today, and the government called for "violent campus protest to stop immediately."

Two vehicles were set on fire in the overnight unrest in Braamfontein, an urban area that was the scene of similar violence during clashes between students and police earlier in the week, the national police said on Twitter.

Of the nine people arrested, two are students at the University of the Witwatersrand, also known as Wits, two are from other universities and five are not students, said Shirona Patel, a university spokeswoman.

The school, one of South Africa's leading universities, has imposed overnight restrictions on access and movement on campus because of security concerns. It rejected criticism from some protesters that additional security measures and a police presence on campus were provoking violence.

"The only reason these measures were implemented was because a group of students started four fires on our campuses on Thursday night, smashed windows, stoned buildings and flooded rooms," the university said in a statement today.

In other violence, two buildings were damaged by firebombs at the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South African media reported today.

The government statement today called the upsurge of violence around the student protests "criminal and unwarranted."

Student protests, many of which have turned violent, have forced some universities to close. The unrest began last month when the government recommended that universities increase 2017 fees by no more than 8 percent, while saying it would cover fee hikes for poor university students.

Protesters call the plan insufficient and demand the gradual implementation of free university education.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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South African police arrest 9 in rioting near university

South African police arrested nine people during arson attacks and stone-throwing near a Johannesburg university where students have been protesting for free education, authorities said today, and the government called for "violent campus protest to stop immediately."

Two vehicles were set on fire in the overnight unrest in Braamfontein, an urban area that was the scene of similar violence during clashes between students and police earlier in the week, the national police said on Twitter.

Of the nine people arrested, two are students at the University of the Witwatersrand, also known as Wits, two are from other universities and five are not students, said Shirona Patel, a university spokeswoman.

The school, one of South Africa's leading universities, has imposed overnight restrictions on access and movement on campus because of security concerns. It rejected criticism from some protesters that additional security measures and a police presence on campus were provoking violence.

"The only reason these measures were implemented was because a group of students started four fires on our campuses on Thursday night, smashed windows, stoned buildings and flooded rooms," the university said in a statement today.

In other violence, two buildings were damaged by firebombs at the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South African media reported today.

The government statement today called the upsurge of violence around the student protests "criminal and unwarranted."

Student protests, many of which have turned violent, have forced some universities to close. The unrest began last month when the government recommended that universities increase 2017 fees by no more than 8 percent, while saying it would cover fee hikes for poor university students.

Protesters call the plan insufficient and demand the gradual implementation of free university education.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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