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Arrested UFS students to appear in court

The university’s SRC is arranging free legal aid for the students who were arrested during violent protests.

FILE: Protesting students spray painted names of various African leaders on trees at the University of the Free State's Bloemfontein campus over what they call a lack of transformation at the university. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - Police say 21 students from the University of the Free State who have been arrested during yesterday's violence will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on a charge of malicious damage to property.

Students have accused the police of arresting the wrong people and targeting them simply because of the colour of their skin.

WATCH: #UFS: Tensions soar, 21 students arrested

Yesterday, police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse an angry crowd of protesters who rejected management's response to their demand that Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen resign.

The university's SRC is arranging free legal aid for the students.

A student says police were heavy-handed, alleging innocent by-standers were arrested.

"Why, in the first place, did the university hire me to protect them when they know for sure that when they want to kill or arrest every black man that they see because they are a danger to white people? They can do as they please. That's not how things work."

SRC Vice President Mpho Khati claims officers targeted leaders and even went looking for her at her residence.

Protesters are demanding Jansen step down saying he's done nothing to transform the institution.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

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