National 20.10.2015 04:36 pm

UCT protesters call for ‘white human shield’

The white human shield at the UCT shutdown protests. PHOTO: Twitter.

The white human shield at the UCT shutdown protests. PHOTO: Twitter.

Police in various university protests have fired rubber bullets at protesting students and arrested a number of them in the University of Cape Town fees protests.

Today in Cape Town, according to the offical Twitter account of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, RMF called on white supporters to form a shield around black protesters to protect them from police, leaving some with questions and impressing others.

Students and workers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) gathered again on Tuesday protesting fee increments and the outsourcing of labour at the institution.

Earlier on Monday, roughly 16 students were arrested and taken to Rondebosch Police Station before being released. No students, however, were charged.

Police fired rubber bullets at a crowd of protesters on Monday afternoon, when students from Rhodes University went to support their peers at the Eastern Cape Midlands College, according to Activate, the university’s independent publication.

The human shield reportedly proved effective, although there is no confirmation that police intended to use force.

Meanwile, DA leader Mmusi Maimane has today been jeered off of the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus after arriving to “support members of DASO (DA Students Organisation)”.

Kiernan Forbes, known as AKA, and Simphiwe Dana were also asked by a Wits students to leave the protest.

Earlier, he tweeted, complaining that people have spent the whole year “shredding” his personal life to pieces but suddenly “need” his voice and opinion on fees.

While some found the ‘white human shield’ gesture to be heartwarming and encouraging:

Others wondered why apparently police would not use force against or arrest white people:

 

 

 

 

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