Close to two weeks after security forces fired on nurses and teachers ahead of a protest, trade unions in Swaziland determinedly continue their fight for better working conditions, living wages and democratization
Swaziland is seeing a fresh round of protests against the rule of Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch. Despite severe repression, students, transport workers, civil servants and other sections of society are out on the streets
Students are demanding a refund of the fees they had paid for hostels as the facilities were not used due to the lockdown. The protesting students were brutalized by the army and are being locked out by the police in Manzini city, but are continuing with the exam boycott
Protesters are calling on the international community to isolate King Mswati which they say would be the real recognition of the will of the ordinary people agitating for democracy
The protests held across the 59 constituencies in Swaziland against the rule of the absolute monarchy were successful despite the deployment of security forces to crackdown.
Pro-democracy parties in Swaziland have criticized the delegation of Southern Africa Development Community for understating the atrocities committed by the army of King Mswati
Joint declaration from international progressive media projects condemning the detention and torture of two ‘New Frame’ journalists in eSwatini while they were covering the protests there
In spite of the militarized crackdown, people across urban and rural Swaziland are taking to the streets against Africa’s last absolute monarch. The Communist Party calls for sustained uprising on a country-wide scale in order to “exhaust the army and police.”
While the people have been protesting the monarch’s rule since years, lately, the country has been witnessing an unprecedented country-wide wave of pro-democracy and anti-monarchy protests.
While the government has denied reports about the King fleeing from the country, it has not convinced the banned opposition political parties who have been mobilizing over the last couple of weeks in an unprecedented wave of protests against the last absolute monarch in Africa.
Defying the ban on demonstrations amid a wave of pro-democracy protests against King Mswati’s rule, residents of at least four of Swaziland’s 59 constituencies held demonstrations over the weekend
The Communist Party of Swaziland will defy the ban on demonstrations and hold protest marches in 16 of Swaziland’s 59 constituencies this weekend. At least 25 other constituencies have already witnessed protests.