Two detained during UWI protest

Two stu­dents have been tak­en in­to po­lice cus­tody af­ter an on­go­ing protest at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies (UWI) St Au­gus­tine Cam­pus over se­cu­ri­ty con­cerns heats up.

The stu­dents chant­ed, “At­tempt­ed rape, not rob­bery!” be­fore the ar­rests.

Af­ter the ar­rests, they be­gan chant­i­ng “Let them go!” It is un­clear why the two stu­dents were held and put in­to the back of po­lice ve­hi­cles on the scene.

Stu­dent Guild pres­i­dent Dar­i­on Nar­ine told Guardian Me­dia the stu­dents want to hear from cam­pus ad­min­is­tra­tion about what is be­ing done to en­sure their safe­ty in the wake of a string of at­tacks against stu­dents.

The protest comes two days af­ter a bloody at­tack on a sec­ond-year stu­dent on cam­pus on Tues­day height­ened stu­dents' con­cern about their safe­ty.

The guild held a meet­ing to­day on cam­pus to dis­cuss the is­sue, but short­ly af­ter the meet­ing start­ed the stu­dents were said to have de­cid­ed to stand up by way of a protest. Around 2 pm, a large group of stu­dents blocked then blocked UWI’s south gate, link­ing arms along the pave­ment out­side the gate and in­side the com­pound, pre­vent­ing any ve­hi­cles or peo­ple from en­ter­ing.

A con­ver­sa­tion with some mem­bers of the UWI man­age­ment, how­ev­er, on­ly made things worse and when po­lice at­tempt­ed to re­open the gates af­ter that meet­ing, ten­sions flared. This was when the po­lice held the two stu­dents.

This is a de­vel­op­ing sto­ry and will be up­dat­ed as more in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able.

Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad 

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