Teargas, rubber bullets as police arrests 100 students

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Teargas and live bullets were fired to disperse rioting students

Over 100 students of Kabindi Secondary School in Nyarusiza Sub County Kisoro district were on Monday detained at Kisoro Police Station following a strike at school as they protested against their administration.

According to one of the staff who preferred anonymity, police was called on to neutralise rioting students who at around 10am pelted staff with stones, breaking doors and window glasses.

Police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of students for some minutes.

The strike was stirred by information that a field tour that had been organised to Kasese district had been called off by the administration.

The school’s deputy Head teacher, Francis Nkurunziza, said the strike started around 10am by S.4 and S.3 students protesting against the administration’s decision to call off their field study.

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He added that they were forced to call off the students’ field study as it collided with the school’s Parents Teachers Meeting.

Emmanuel Mwumvaneza, the Kisoro Inspector of schools, urged students to always communicate their problems through their leaders to the other responsible authorities in the district not necessarily using strikes to solve their problems.

The Officer in Charge of Kisoro Police Station, Hussein Sekarema, said the detained students shall be investigated and those who found to have been the ringleaders shall be charged and punished.

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