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Violence blows up in Zimbabwe

Last month the ACA Newsletter – Education Europe reported on the chaotic elections in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe stands against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. The situation in the country has now taken a turn from bad to worse. According to the April report of the student rights group Student Solidarity Trust 50 students have been arrested, 15 tortured, 10 expelled and two threatened with death. Several higher education institutions have been disrupted as students of these state-run institutions have protested against fee hikes and the long delay in announcing the results of the presidential elections. This has led to the sending of riot police to campuses, and riot police tanks currently surround polytechnics in two main cities. The latest reports of the Student Solidarity Trust state that the violence has escalated to such level that “it is impossible to properly document all cases”.  Student Solidarity Trust