Riot police patrolled the closed Nairobi University campus on Tuesday (26 February) after two days of rioting by five thousand students.
SV EXTERIOR University campus
SV Sign PAN TO riot police (2 shots)
GV Students throwing stones
GV Students running away
GV PAN Riot police and vehicles arriving (3 shots)
SV Damaged jeep (2 shots)
SV INT & EXT Damaged classrooms (3 shots)
SVs Students on campus (2 shots)
SV PAN Police patrolling campus and police vehicles (2 shots)
GVs Students leaving campus (4 shots)
GV & SV Students waiting for bus and boarding (2 shots)
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Background: Riot police patrolled the closed Nairobi University campus on Tuesday (26 February) after two days of rioting by five thousand students.
The rioting was in support of demands by architectural students for the dismissal of their department head, Professor J. Jorgensen, whome, they claimed, was failing them unfairly.
The trouble quickly spread to other faculties and students began disrupting examinations, damaging lecture theaters and smashing windows. At the height of the rioting, they surrounded Professor Jorgensen and set his car alight.
As the rioting became worse, steelOhelmeted riot police arrived on campus. They used tear gas and batons to disperse the students then chased them through the city's streets.
Later in the day the university's vice-chancellor, Dr. J. Karanja, ordered the university closed and told students to leave their campus accommodation.
In a press statement, Dr. Karanja said the university would stay closed indefinitely.