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Eswatini Protesters Killed, Tortured Amid Demands for End to Absolute Monarchy

HeadlineJul 06, 2021

In Eswatini, human rights advocates are denouncing the brutal crackdown on protesters following days of massive demonstrations against King Mswati III. Eswatini — formerly known as Swaziland — is Africa’s last absolute monarchy, with more than half of its citizens living in poverty. Meanwhile, King Mswati III is known for his lavish lifestyle, including owning expensive cars and palaces. Eswatini is currently facing a shortage of gas, food and other resources. Recent protests are the largest the landlocked nation has seen in its 53 years of independence. Amnesty International reported at least 20 protesters have been killed by state security forces, and dozens of others tortured, detained or abducted. There’s also been reports of the military and police firing live rounds at protesters, as well as internet blackouts.

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