6 September 2010
The Royal Swaziland police force detained a group of about 40 political activists and journalists at a hotel in Manzini on Monday afternoon, while the country’s rulers were celebrating Independence Day. The activists, about half of whom are South Africans, were in the middle of a meeting when the police invaded.
The activists had gathered at the hotel to finalise preparations for the Global Day of Action for Swaziland, which was due to commence on the following day. After the disruption of the meeting the detained activists were taken to the Manzini regional headquarters where the visiting activists were separated from the locals and repatriated back to South Africa. The locals were later released without being charged.
Coincidentally, this occurred on the date on which the country’s unions affiliated to the Labour Coordinating Council are due to embark on a mass strike action to force the government of Swaziland to address 8 demands. Police are therefore working around the clock trying to disrupt any organised activity which may be of a political nature. The Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN] condemns this unlawful behavior by the Swazi authorities and hopes that the planned strike action and the Global Day of Action will continue as planned.
Issued by the Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN] South Africa Chapter
Lucky Lukhele- SSN spokesperson
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