INTRODUCTION: In South Africa, police used batons, tear gas, rhino whips, and dogs to quell student unrest in three areas of Johannesburg on Wednesday (3 June).
GV Police car cruising through area
GV Coloured residents outside their homes
GV Police riot control vehicle passing flats as residents look on (3 shots)
GV Group of students form on street corner
GV ZOOM INTO SV Riot vehicle passes with tear gas
TRACKING SHOT Man kicks away smoking tear gas cylinder
GV Riot vehicle draws up outside houses
GV Riot squad police in gas masks checking vehicles
TRAVEL SHOT Police patrol along road
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In South Africa, police used batons, tear gas, rhino whips, and dogs to quell student unrest in three areas of Johannesburg on Wednesday (3 June). A police spokesman said at leas t 59 students had been arrested, and would be charged under the Riotous Assembly laws.
SYNOPSIS: Police were on the alert throughout three suburbs of Johannesburg -- Bosmont, Newclare and Coronationville.
Most residential areas were quiet, but Reuters news agency reported that about a thousand coloured students -- they're of mixed blood -- were demonstrating in Bosmont against the detention without explanation of their coloured colleague, Aziz Jardine. The trouble began when students prepared to march on a police headquarters about eight kilometres (5 miles) from their school.
Students from three other high schools joined the protest. Reuters said trouble began when pupils pelted police with stones. A police spokesman said several people were injured, and police had seized a number of petrol bombs. He said a petrol bomb had been thrown at a police vehicle.
Jardine, the student whose detention had prompted the demonstrations, had been taken by security police the previous week, during a protest against the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the South African republic. He is the president of the Student Representative Council.
The police spokesman said on Wednesday (3 June) the students had refused to attend school, so tear gas was used to get them to return to their classrooms. The South African parliamentary opposition has sought an investigation into this police action.