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Protesting MAK Students Storm City Police Station

Students from Uganda’s Makerere University have stormed a police station in the capital, Kampala, to demand the release of their 15 colleagues who were arrested while protesting against a hike in tuition fees approved last year.

The 15 female students were arrested on Monday as they attempted to march to the office of President Yoweri Museveni to ask for his intervention in the dispute.

Pictures posted on Twitter show the students being intercepted outside the university’s gate by a combined force of army and police personnel.

They were taken to Wandegeya police station pending investigations, the newspaper reports

Their colleagues stormed the police station on Tuesday to demand for their release.

The 15%fee increase was approved by the university’s council. The hike will apply for the next five years after which each student will be required to pay 75% more.

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