Since last Thursday a strike has been brewing among undergraduate students at the University of Botswana. The students are upset about the following issues (there may be more but this is what I am aware of):
- Students who failed courses last year are not getting their government allowances for retaking those courses
- Students are being forced to live on campus even though some of them want to live off campus
- No students have received their monthly allowance for February yet (this is what really set off the strike on Monday)
So the past few days a group of 500-1000 students have been holding rallies and marching around campus with sticks forcing others out of class, closing down the cafeteria and the library. Many students tried to go to class, but we were chased and told to go back to our rooms or join the strike. I tried to take pictures of the strikers one time. Big mistake. They chased me but luckily I was on my bike, and I don’t think they meant any harm, they just wanted to cheer when I left.
So today, I was at the Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence (they specialize in pediatric HIV/AIDS) volunteering and someone told me the university is being closed by the government. I rushed back to the graduate dorms to find a few ground level windows busted out and riot police.
So no class for the indefinite future. Here are some pictures I could sneak from the window.