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Swaziland: Security forces tear-gas students

Swaziland: Security forces tear-gas students

Security forces have fired tear gas at hundreds of stone-throwing university students in a week of protests demanding an end to Swaziland's absolute monarchy.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions says police also fired rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful protesters in eastern Siteke town on Wednesday.
COSATU says Swazi union leaders were beaten up and South African ones are being deported.
In Mbabane, the capital, security forces did not react until students started pelting them with stones. Security forces fired tear gas and beat students around the head with batons.
Swaziland is in a financial crisis fueled by corruption. South Africa last month agreed to give the mountain kingdom a 2.4 billion rand ($354 million) loan contingent on reform.


Updated : 2021-04-13 22:47 GMT+08:00