Thou doth protest too much, methinks: King Mswati III


Thou doth protest too much, methinks: King Mswati III

Eswatini schools closed in response to pro-democracy demonstrations, less than four months after similar protests

Matthew Hill

Eswatini, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, has shut schools indefinitely as pro-democracy protests intensified. 

Lessons were suspended with immediate effect, Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini said in a statement. The unrest comes less than four months after police and the army acted to crush similar widespread demonstrations in the kingdom.

The pro-democracy protests have escalated in recent weeks with pupils and public-transport workers joining the calls for change. King Mswati, 53, who has ruled for more than 35 years, has dismissed the demands and rights groups have accused his security forces of abuses, including killings and beatings...

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