Swazi teachers call off protests

2011-04-13 10:58

Manzini, Swaziland – The president of the Swaziland teachers union says they are calling off pro-democracy protests after police beat, threatened and fired water cannons and tear gas at teachers yesterday.

Sibongile Mazibuko, president of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers, said today that police are locking teachers into vans and jailing them for treason if they catch them standing in groups of more than three.

She says protesting is not safe for teachers.

Mazibuko, released after being detained all day yesterday, spoke to the Associated Press from a place of hiding.

Yesterday, police chased more than 500 teachers out of a private centre where they had gathered to protest.

Heavy security in the country’s commercial capital ensured that planned pro-democracy protests did not happen.

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