King Mswati III
Oxfam: COVID-19, inequality, rising food prices driving severe poverty and other stories

Today we look at an Oxfam report on global extreme poverty rates, rising deaths among unhoused people across the US, and more

Anti-government protests gain momentum in Swaziland

King Mswati III has been ruling over the nation since 1986, four years after the death of his father king Sobhuza. 70% of the population languishes in poverty while the king spends billions of dollars every year on personal luxuries

Mbongwa Dlamini Swaziland Amid dispute over wages, Swaziland police resumes persecution of teachers’ union leader

Earlier this month, Mbongwa Dlamini’s residence was sprayed with a hail of bullets by a highly militarized unit of the police called the Operation Support Service Unit (OSSU), putting the lives of his children in danger

University of Swaziland King’s forces occupy University of Swaziland campus; students evicted using live fire, tear gas

Students in various campuses across the country have been boycotting classes since April 7, demanding the transfer of living allowances that remain unpaid for many since the academic year began in November 2021

Communist Party of Swaziland activist arrested Communist Party of Swaziland activist abducted and beaten up amid rising repression

Bongi Nkambule, a Communist Party activist, was allegedly kidnapped by the police while returning from the Manzini court where charges against his comrades, including the former general secretary of the students’ union, were being heard

King Mswati’s soldiers abduct children of a Communist Party leader in Swaziland

40 soldiers invaded the home of a Communist Party leader and kidnapped his two children who were held in custody for several hours before being released

Student leader released on bail in Swaziland, persecution of Egyptian lawyer and other stories

Today we look at the release of a student leader in Swaziland, the persecution of a human rights lawyer in Egypt, and more

Student leader in Swaziland granted bail after protesters threaten to render kingdom “ungovernable”

The arrest of Colani Maseko and subsequent torture of student leaders coincided with a fresh wave of anti-monarchist protests

Despite mass shooting and repression, unions in Swaziland continue struggle for rights and democracy

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

Dozens injured as army and police brutally attack pro-democracy protesters in Swaziland

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 in Swaziland’s William Pitcher college boycott exams despite brutal crackdown

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

Swaziland’s pro-democracy protesters demonstrate outside UN

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

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