South Africa police crash student protestsers

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. A leading university in South Africa has closed for the rest of the week because of violence by protesters demanding free education across the country. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African media say police fired rubber bullets during clashes with university students protesting for free education.

The violence broke out Wednesday at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

The African News Agency says 10 students were arrested during the confrontation with police.

Several South African universities have suspended classes because of clashes between police and students as well as arson and other vandalism on campuses.

The protests, which are opposed by some students who want to study, echo larger demonstrations in 2015 that forced the government to suspend increases to university fees this year.

Demonstrations picked up again after the government said universities can increase fees by up to 8 percent next year, although it will pay about $180 million to cover the costs of poor students in 2017.
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