Police open fire on protestors in Manzini
Eswatini police officers opened fire against peaceful protestors who were marching in the streets of Manzini on Thursday 29 September, demanding a political dialogue as a solution to the ongoing tensions within this tiny Kingdom. The protest that was organized by the Swaziland United Democratic Front(SUDF) came at the time when Mswati’s Government banned protests, police and soldiers are deployed to shoot protesting civilians.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Thursday shortly after the shooting of protestors, Lucky Dlamini, the Chairperson of the SUDF said the shooting of protestors merely for demanding a political dialogue was an indication that King Mswati was not prepared for a dialogue.
“The shooting of protestors today merely for demanding a political dialogue is an indication that the oppressor is not prepared to dialogue with the people. We understand that freedom does not come easily, we might die while demanding a political dialogue and we are prepared to fight to the end,” said the SUDF Chairperson.
Eswatini is in the midst of political unrest, dozens have been killed by King Mswati’s forces merely for demanding democratic reforms. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has appointed a Panel of Elders to try and find solutions to the ongoing crisis.