Violence rocks Johannesburg

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Students run for cover as police fire stun grenades and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse them, during their protest for free education in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.

At least two students have been injured in South Africa’s main city of Johannesburg after police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to break up protests over a planned increase in tuition fees, university and student representatives have said.

A wounded student is evacuated by fellow students during protest over higher tuition fees in Johannesburg on September 21, 2016.

Heavy shots rang out as police dispersed the University of Witwatersrand students from the streets, and traffic in parts of the city centre was disrupted as students fled, many running back to the campus as a police helicopter hovered above, Reuters news agency reports.

A student from Wits University reacts in front of anti riot police force during the 3rd day of #feemustfall demonstration, against fee increases at universities across the country were announced, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 September 2016
A student from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is detained by South African police forces following clashes during a protest against the university fee increase on September 21, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The police denied firing rubber bullets and said the students were injured when they fell while running away, Reuters reports.

A South African police officer looks on during clashes with students from the University of the Witwatersrand during a protest agaisnt university fee increases on September 21, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini is quoted as saying that an officer was wounded in the neck by a stone thrown by students.

He added:

The students threw stones at the police and the police fired stun grenades.”

A stun grenade thrown by South African police forces ricochet on a student taking part in a protest in Johannesburg on September 21, 2016.

The students are demanding free education, rejecting government plans to increase fees by up to eight percent.

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