This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
STUDENTS burnt a portrait of Swaziland’s absolutist monarch King Mswati III on Sunday night as pro-democracy demonstrations showed no sign of subsiding.
They gathered at the Luyengo campus of the University of Eswatini — the new name for the landlocked southern African nation — demanding Mswati’s abdication.
A picture of the monarch was set alight to loud cheers as students danced around the fire, singing songs and raising slogans calling for freedom.
“Long live the revolution,” said the Communist Party of Swaziland, which has played a leading role in the protests that have swept the country since last summer.
“Students from Luyengo … burnt the dictator’s picture as they don’t recognise him as a legitimate ruler,” one democracy activist said, adding: “Mswati has blood on his hands and must be arrested.”
Demonstrations started last July, initially calling for greater democracy and an end to a ban on political parties that has been in place since 1973, when King Sobhuza II suspended the constitution and seized absolute power.
The state responded brutally, with King Mswati III instigating a shoot-to-kill policy in order to crush the protest movement.
More than 100 people have been killed, 500 injured and thousands arrested in a major crackdown by security forces.
But the largely youth-led protests have continued to press demands for Mswati to stand down.
The Communist Party issued a rallying cry for “a revolutionary people’s war” at the beginning of January and has also called for the creation of a people’s militia to overthrow the regime.
Arguing the case for a republic, general secretary Kenneth Kunene said on Saturday: “If we don’t treat the transition and the fight for democracy now as an urgent question, we will be insensitive to these questions.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.