Zimbabwean student organizations issued an appeal for humanitarian assistance for several thousand students evicted from University of Zimbabwe residence halls late Monday after authorities shut down the campus following weekend protests.
University officials gave an estimated 5,000 students 30 minutes to vacate their rooms after a demonstration Sunday against higher lodging fees. The university demanded another Z$1 million from resident students, citing an extended strike by lecturers.
Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi reported on the plight of the students.
Lawyers representing the evicted students filed an urgent application in Harare high court seeking relief. The application, expected to be heard Wednesday, asks the court to order university authorities to re-admit the evicted students to their quarters.
Human rights lawyer Rangu Nyamurundira told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the evictions violated the Administrative Justice Act which he said forbids authorities from acting arbitrarily or violating individual rights.