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US concerned over Swaziland crackdown

2012-04-18 12:58

Mbabane - The United States is expressing concern about a crackdown on anti-monarchy demonstrations in Swaziland.

A statement released on Wednesday by the US Embassy in Mbabane criticised security forces in the southern African nation for preventing peaceful gatherings and the government for banning a union.

The US urges "the Swazi government to take the necessary steps to ensure the promotion and protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Swazi citizens".

With political parties banned, unions play a leading role in pushing for reform in sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy.

Turnout was low for protests called last week by labour and other activists. The government declared the protests illegal, and put large numbers of police and soldiers on the streets.

Comments
  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-18 14:09

    hmmm i wonder if there is oil in swaziland

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-18 18:03

      I think the AU believes that !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-18 18:03

      I think the AU believes that !!!

  • Philemon - 2012-04-18 14:14

    Yanks, keep your noses out of African affairs. Please work through the AU. There is no oil in Swaziland, and please remove your army base camps from Botswana as well. You are not welcome here.

      Charles - 2012-04-18 14:23

      AU has proven itself to be toothless so if you have any sympathy for the Swazis welcome some kind of international interest. Our AU alligned governments contribution has been to prop Mswati up financially.

      Charles - 2012-04-18 14:23

      AU has proven itself to be toothless so if you have any sympathy for the Swazis welcome some kind of international interest. Our AU alligned governments contribution has been to prop Mswati up financially.

      Fred - 2012-04-18 14:27

      Contrary to what your considerable Ego thinks, you don't speak for Africa Philemon. :)

      Fred - 2012-04-18 14:27

      Contrary to what your considerable Ego thinks, you don't speak for Africa Philemon. :)

      Fred - 2012-04-18 14:28

      Plus, when "the Yanks" don't get involved, Syria happens.

      Fred - 2012-04-18 14:28

      Plus, when "the Yanks" don't get involved, Syria happens.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-18 14:30

      The AU of which Swaziland is a member cannot do anything about Swaziland. We need Swaziland free now!

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-18 14:30

      The AU of which Swaziland is a member cannot do anything about Swaziland. We need Swaziland free now!

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-18 14:39

      Ah, no oil in Botswana but plenty diamonds!

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-18 14:39

      Ah, no oil in Botswana but plenty diamonds!

      Lee - 2012-04-18 14:39

      Wasn't saying that prior to 94 now was you, more than happy for the West to crush apartheid with sanctions etc or do you think it was all down to the oh so powerful ANC.

      Lee - 2012-04-18 14:39

      Wasn't saying that prior to 94 now was you, more than happy for the West to crush apartheid with sanctions etc or do you think it was all down to the oh so powerful ANC.

  • Jerzy - 2012-04-18 16:20

    Contrary to what fred breivick, the kibbutz security guard thinks, he too doesn't speak for Africa

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-18 18:10

      Well with your absurd comment, it is doubtful, you speak for one other person besides yourself !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-18 18:10

      Well with your absurd comment, it is doubtful, you speak for one other person besides yourself !!!

  • Jerzy - 2012-04-18 16:21

    Fred Breivick, you mean when they do get involved, israel happens.

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