International Students Back KNUST Riots

International students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have said they support the demonstration by their Ghanaian colleagues against the university authorities.

KNUST has been shut down indefinitely following a violent demonstration by the students in which over 30 cars and 10 motorbikes were vandalised and several other properties destroyed in protest to a directive that there will no longer be vigils and gatherings to sing ‘jama’ songs.

Ten students and one alumnus were arrested on Friday and later released. This, coupled with the manhandling of some of the students by the school’s private security got the students infuriated, leading to the protest march on Monday.

Speaking on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, president of the International Students at KNUST, Temidayo Anafoya said: “I have to be honest with you, we’re standing with our fellow students, it doesn’t matter if you’re an international student or Ghanaian because at the end of the day we are all students”.

“Despite the fact that we are not actively part of the demonstration”, Anafoya said: “We were with them all the way”, adding: “It doesn’t matter if it’s an international student or Ghanaian student, as long as there is a student involved, we’ll always be able to relate with that person and we stand with the students”.

The university has been shut down indefinitely following the riots.

Ghanaian students have all left campus by order, leaving behind only the foreign students.

There is also a 6 pm to 6 am curfew on the school enclave until further notice.

There is heavy military and police presence on campus.


News Reporter

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