The protests continue at the University of Rhodesia in Salisbury. Yesterday (Saturday August 11) ,?
The protests continue at the University of Rhodesia in Salisbury. Yesterday (Saturday August 11) , as the university Council met to discuss the recent violent disturbances on the campus, about 100 African and white students picketed the meeting and tried to hand out leaflets to members of the Council entering.
But on this occasion the protest was peaceful. A large force of police watched the students, but at no point did they intervene and there was no repetition of Tuesday's running battle during which 155 students were arrested.
Nevertheless, one of the student leaders said that this latest demonstration was largely aimed at protesting against the continued presence of police on the campus.
SYNOPSIS: Discontent continued to simmer at the University of Rhodesia, Salisbury, on Saturday when a hundred African and white students banded together to protest against the continued presence of police on the campus. Their mood had been made more bitter by detectives searching the rooms of students.
Disturbances began with complaints of racial discrimination against black students and black workers on the campus. The expulsion of demonstrators had provoked a violent clash with police the previous Tuesday.
Saturday's demonstration was timed to coincide with a meeting of the University Council to discuss the earlier running battle with police, after which a hundred-and-fifty-five students were arrested. Nearly all of them are still being held under emergency powers regulations.
Though the explosive situation remains at the University, Saturday's demonstration passed off quietly and the police did not intervene. Though the University Council was not expected to issue a statement, the Principal Sir Robert Craig had already appealed to students to preserve the college tradition as a non-racial institution -- but at the same time he added that student rampages would not be tolerated. The Principal has also quashed reports of moves to close the University to allow calm to return.