In late 2015 Onlookers at a tuition fee protest in South Africa were almost moved to tears after white students formed a human shield around black demonstrators to protect them from police.
The group of protesters were taking part in the ongoing #feesmustfall campaign at the Eastcape Midlands College when officers, who had reportedly already used force against the students, started moving in.
That’s when white students from neighbouring Rhodes University surrounded their peers stepped in.
I'm tearing up. The white human shield. This is both incredibly beautiful and incredibly sad. #FeesMustFall pic.twitter.com/azbT2CymSI
— BeterKoffie Nyuffing (@BongoMuffing) October 20, 2015