After a week of student-led protests around the country, President Jacob Zuma announced today that South African universities will not increase their fees in 2016, signalling a win for the #feesmustfall campaign. At Stellenbosch, students heard this news while waiting outside the police station for the release of some fellow protesters arrested earlier in the day. I shot some photos.
In the wake of Anene Booysen’s brutal gang rape and murder, South Africa has not reacted with the same intensity as India did when Jyoti Singh Pandey was gang raped and killed in December. Some people are taking to the streets though. Today saw protesters raising their voices outside Parliament in Cape Town.
A man with a sign marches down Colfax Avenue. Photo: Brendon Bosworth
The weather in Denver was miserable on Saturday morning. But the steady rain and slate grey sky didn’t extinguish close to three hours of colorful, nonviolent protest. About 300 to 400 people joined Occupy Denver, a group showing solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together, and marched through the city’s wet streets.
How to engage with the police was a prickly topic at Occupy Denver’s general assembly last night.
About 60 to 70 people attended the 7 p.m. meeting at Civic Center Park on Broadway Street. Gathered in a circle in front of Colorado’s capitol building, flanked by a makeshift kitchen – the “thunder dome”– which served free dinner to participants, members of the loose-knit collective, which formed thirteen days ago in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, aired their views on engaging with the police and other issues. Continue reading