Security guards have been deployed in schools across Eswatini. So what is behind the turmoil in Africa’s last absolute monarchy?
It has been reported that there are ongoing students protests in schools, bus drivers and teachers on the streets of Eswatini. They are calling for political reforms and have been protesting since the arrest of two Members of Parliament who demonstrated democracy.
Eswatini is the last absolute monarchy in Africa. The 53-year-old King Mswati III, who has ruled the country since he was 18, and his regime, have been accused of human rights abuses.
Now it has come to a total shutdown in this country. Shops are closed, buses no longer run to pick up children from school, and the markets are empty. Currently, only protesters can be seen outside. Police vehicles keep arresting people and taking them away somewhere unknown, while many people are also killed during the protests.
Communication between the public and the monarch seems to be failing. How will the protests develop, and what will the result be?
Click Here to watch the video and listen to the demonstrators themselves share their experiences on the challenging political situation in Eswatini.