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GroundUp: In Photos – Wits violence spills into Braamfontein

GroundUp: In Photos – Wits violence spills into Braamfontein

Protesters at Wits University encountered a heavy police presence on Monday morning. By Ihsaan Haffejee and GROUNDUP Staff.

First published by GroundUp

Wits university is determined to stay open. A senior academic told GroundUp on Monday afternoon: “We had significant disruptions today but we’re operating and classes are going on, albeit with low attendance. Students and staff were seriously intimidated this morning.”

statement by the Wits Executive Team  at 18:00 said the university would be open on Tuesday.

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A pastor who was mediating on behalf of student protesters tries to calm the situation after clashes broke out on the steps of the Great Hall.  Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

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A protester throws a rock at private security guards inside Wits.Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

A police officer fires rubber bullets at protesters. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

A police officer takes aim as another takes cover. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Blood drips from the eye of a student after she was hit by a rubber bullet. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

People watch the running battles from the Wits Art Museum. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

A student tries to calm the situation after clashes broke out at the Great Hall.  Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Protesters form a human chain to prevent police from advancing. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Protesters run for cover as police release a stun grenade.  Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Protesters throw a tear gas cannister in the direction of private security guards. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Students affected by tear gas cover their faces. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Protesters run away from police as tear gas and rubber bullets are fired in Braamfontein. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

People take cover on the streets of Braamfontein as police prepare to fire rubber bullets.  Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Police arrest a man in Braamfontein. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Protesters block the road in Braamfontein as the protest shifts from Wits. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Protesters attacked this man in the streets of Braamfontein. It is unclear why. He was rescued by a student leader who calmed the crowd before police dispersed them with tear gas. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

This bus was set alight shortly after this photograph was taken. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Firefighters try to extinguish the fire consuming a bus as the protests spilled out onto the streets of Braamfontein. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Protesters run away from a police Nyala  in Braamfontein. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee

Main photo: A protester stands in front of a burning bus in Braamfontein. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee.

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