“They are killing us for our right,” a student shouted while running for cover after the student protest ended with one student dead and two seriously injured by shots fired by police this afternoon in Bo.
Students of Njala University, near the city of Bo, started protesting on Thursday morning against a long-running lecturers’ strike which has left their college closed since October 2016.
Lecturers have been on strike due to non-payment of salaries by the government. Police say that students did not obtain a permit for the protest today, were burning tires and blocking major roads.
One reported dead and two students are presently responding to treatments at the Bo Government Hospital.
Some of the students were blocking the main road at Peace Junction and the Clock Tower in Bo, demanding that the government adhere to their demands while the others stormed the office of the permanent secretary at Tikonko Road in Bo.
A student just confirmed on radio that they will continue to be violent for the next seven days.
Thirteen students are alleged to have been detained at the Lumley police station, three at New England Ville Police Station in Freetown; and five detained in Kenema.
The government is yet to make a public statement.