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Violence Escalates following Ugandan Students' ‘Fees Must Fall’ Protest

Eleven students have been hospitalized following military raids, more arrests and increased conflict.

Update (October 25, 2019): Eleven students have reportedly been hospitalized as the conflict between students of Makerere University and authorities escalates. It is alleged that the military entered and raided a student housing building last night, beating many students and sending those 11 to the hospital. This morning, the police interrupted a press conference the students were holding to detail what had happened the previous evening. It is believed that the attacks came as a direct order from Gordon Murangira, assistant to vice chancellor Professor Barnabus Nawangwe.

There is some conflicting information about the situation. It was rumored that one military official was stoned to the death but the military has denied that claim, calling it "false news." NTV also states that the students were claiming severe injuries by the military to some students, but it was clear that those students were already disabled.

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Students from Makerere University in Uganda stormed a police station in Kampala to demand the release of fellow students who were detained yesterday. The 15 female students in holding were arrested for protesting a raise in tuition fees. According to The BBC, the female students were in the midst of a protest march to office of President Yoweri Museveni hoping to ask he step in and reverse the tuition decision.

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