Kenya Riot Cops Corner Protesting Students in Classroom

Image: Kenyan riot police clash with students inside a classroom in Nairobi University
Kenyan riot police clash with students inside a classroom at Nairobi University on May 20, 2014. The students were protesting against a controversial fee rise.CARL DE SOUZA / AFP - Getty Images

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A dispute over university fees descended into violence in the Kenyan capital Tuesday as riot police clashed with students at Nairobi University.

Hundreds of students had taken to the streets to protest a proposed increase in their school fees. After rocks were thrown, police chased the students into the university campus.

The running battles ended with riot police firing tear gas and cornering the students in classrooms. Several students and university employees were arrested.

A woman pleads a riot police officer not to beat her after they chased protesting students into the Nairobi University campus in Nairobi, Kenya, May 20, 2014.DAI KUROKAWA / EPA

— Agence France-Presse, European Pressphoto Agency