14 Poly students to spend weekend in police cell

Some 14 students from the Polytechnic are likely to spend the weekend in a police cell at Blantyre Police station following their arrest on Saturday morning.

Witnesses of the Poly fracas

Witnesses of the Poly fracas

The students were arrested on campus following the fracas that ensued violent demonstrations against government decision to hike fees.

Southern region police spokesman James Kadadzera confirmed the arrest of the students.

“They have all been charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace and they will appear before the court on Monday,” said Kadadzera.

The college issued a memo on Friday evening telling all students to leave the campus by 6 am after the violent protests which coincided with end of term.

The students had running battles with the police, the battles that took them to neighbouring Chitawira Township.

The protests followed another violent demonstrations at sister college, the Chancellor College which led to the closure of the campus on Wednesday and the arrest of over 20 students.

Students are against the hike of tuition fees.

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