Africa

Student protests at Mugabe-attended Zimbabwe graduation

  • Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, places a cap on a student at the University of Zimbabwe, during graduation ceremony in Harare, Thursday, Sept, 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, places a cap on a student at the University of Zimbabwe, during graduation ceremony in Harare, Thursday, Sept, 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • A University of Zimbabwe student walks past Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after being capped at a graduation ceremony in Harare, Thursday, Sept, 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    A University of Zimbabwe student walks past Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after being capped at a graduation ceremony in Harare, Thursday, Sept, 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

Witnesses say a student has been whisked away by unknown people for protesting during a University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony featuring President Robert Mugabe.

An Associated Press photographer covering Thursday's event says the graduating student held a placard complaining about joblessness in the country.

Such stunts have become common at graduation ceremonies at this southern African country's oldest university.

Unverified pictures circulated on social media with a student holding up a placard during the ceremony. Police said they were unaware of the incident. Activists flooded social media calling for the man's release.

Mugabe capped over 3,000 graduating students.

Zimbabwe is facing rising joblessness due to a devastating economic downturn.