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Wits students stage sit-in as protest continues in Parktown

Earlier students barricaded parts of Oxford Road with burning tyres and rocks.

Wits students barricaded parts of Oxford Road with burning tyres and rocks during a protest in Parktown on 17 October 2016. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Protesting Wits University students are staging a sit-in at one of the residences in Parktown, as they continue with their demonstration for free and decolonised education.

Earlier students barricaded parts of Oxford Road with burning tyres and rocks.



They are protesting against the university's curfew that was imposed on Friday.

The university has implemented a strict curfew at its residences between 10pm and 6am.

When some students defied this rule last night, police moved in, resulting in a standoff between officers and students.

A student explains why they are against the curfew: "I think the curfew is ridiculous because how are you supposed to study, not everyone is protesting so the university has to keep that in mind."

The students have now blocked off the entrance of the Knockando residence Parktown, while police maintain a watchful eye outside the premises.