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 Protests rock eSwatini as govt denies reports that King Mswati  has fled

Protests rock eSwatini as govt denies reports that King Mswati  has fled

  • There have been protests in eSwatini for several weeks following allegations of police brutality.
  • Video footage is circulating of local stores and looted and torched trucks.
  • It was reported that King Mswati III fed the country, but the government has denied this.

 

There have been protests in eSwatini for several weeks following allegations of police brutality. Video footage is circulating of local stores and looted and torched trucks. It was reported that King Mswati III fed the country, but the government has denied this.
There have been protests in eSwatini for several weeks following allegations of police brutality.
Video footage is circulating of local stores and looted and torched trucks.
It was reported that King Mswati III fed the country, but the government has denied this.

Just In: King Mswati III alleged to have fled Eswatini after pro-democracy protests

King is alleged to have fled amid violent protests. What seems like an uprising is developing against what is seen as ‘autocratic monarchy’ but details still sketchy.

 

There have been protests in eSwatini for several weeks following allegations of police brutality. Video footage is circulating of local stores and looted and torched trucks.

There have been protests in eSwatini for several weeks following allegations of police brutality.
Video footage is circulating of local stores and looted and torched trucks.

It was reported that King Mswati III fed the country, but the government has denied this.
The eSwatini government has denied reports that King Mswati III left the country to flee violent, pro-democracy protests.

It is expected to release a statement on Tuesday.

SABC and Swaziland News reported that the king fled after the protests erupted.

The protests, in which trucks were torched and looted, flared up several days ago after the monarchy and government issued a decree banning the delivery of petitions that called for democratic reforms, Swaziland News reported.

However, eSwatini government spokesperson Sabelo Dlamini said “the reports about the king fleeing are completely untrue and fake”.

The army was reportedly deployed to areas of unrest on Monday night after trucks – some of them belonging to South African companies – were torched over the weekend and shops were looted in the rural town of Siphofaneni, the Times of Swaziland reported.

 

A video is doing the rounds of a burning truck near Phuzumoya ad protesters using burning tyres to block the road.

The footage showed some protestors offloading cargo – believed to be sugar – before the truck was set alight.

Other videos showed protestors outside a burning building.

The pro-democracy protests escalated after dozens of students marched to eSwatini’s Parliament to demand justice for a young man believed to have been killed by the police.

Thousands of people have taken to social media after reports that King Mswati III of Eswatini has fled the kingdom after pro-democracy protests turned into chaos.

There are unconfirmed reports that protesters went on the rampage and set fire to several shops in Matsapha. Several people have also been injured during the protests.

However in the mix of things the country is yet to give an official statement to these rumours. The news of the alleged exit was also confirmed by SABC News. As of now, the whereabouts of the king is unknown.