Malawi officials have closed two university campuses indefinitely because of violent protests over what students and professors call threats to academic freedom.
In a statement Saturday, the University Council said it was acting "to protect lives and property" and ordered students off campuses in Blantyre and in southern Zomba. Student leaders say police enforcing the order beat some students.
Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing students in the last week in turmoil that erupted after a senior police officer questioned a professor who reportedly led a classroom discussion on Arab revolutions _ and their possible implications for the southern African nation. The international community has expressed increasing concern the government is restricting rights in Malawi.