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South African police use stun grenades on student protesters

  • Students protest outside the parliament building in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. South African police have used stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters who had marched to the parliament building to call for free university education, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Students protest outside the parliament building in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. South African police have used stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters who had marched to the parliament building to call for free university education, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • South African Police look towards demonstrators during a protest outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. South African police have used stun grenades to disperse student protesters outside parliament, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)

    South African Police look towards demonstrators during a protest outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. South African police have used stun grenades to disperse student protesters outside parliament, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students run after South African Police fired a stun grenade during a protest outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. South African police have used stun grenades to disperse student protesters outside parliament, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)

    Students run after South African Police fired a stun grenade during a protest outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. South African police have used stun grenades to disperse student protesters outside parliament, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

South African police have used stun grenades to disperse student protesters outside parliament, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech.

Hundreds of protesters had marched to the parliament building in Cape Town on Wednesday to call for free university education. They burned what they said was a mock wooden coffin for the education minister to show dissatisfaction with the government's response to their demands.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced some additional funding for higher education in his speech. He also said: "We want the violence to stop."

Sometimes violent protests for free education have hit many South African campuses since last month, when the government recommended that universities increase 2017 fees by no more than 8 percent. It also promised to cover fee increases for poor students.