Democracy movement in Swaziland said to be growing

By Lelethu Mquqo
5 September 2011


The democracy movement in Swaziland continues to grow, despite a violent crackdown on protesters earlier this year.

This is according to Steve Faulkner, the convenor of the Swaziland Democracy Campaign.

He says a Global Week of Action will begin in 32 cities around the world from today, in an effort to draw attention to the situation in Africa’s last monarchy.

Faulkner says they can only hope that there will not be a repeat of the violence.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions says it fully supports a Global Week of Action by pro-democracy activists in Swaziland.

The union’s Zingiswa Losi criticised government for issuing a R2.4 billion bail-out loan to the troubled country last month.

Protests have been planned in at least 32 cities around the world.

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