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27 people killed in Eswatini riots

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The government sent an army to help local law enforcement officers to disperse the protesters.

In the Kingdom of Eswatini also known as Swaziland, at least 27 people were killed in the demonstrations that began in late June and escalated into riots. Citizens are protesting against the government’s decision to ban mass events.

“Unfortunately, yes, 27 people lost their lives. It was not intended, but… the nature of the attacks that were happening was such that in some instances force had to be used, and in some instances gunfire had to be exchanged, and there were casualties,” said Commerce Minister Manqoba Khumalo.

According to him, there were cases when demonstrators set fire to buildings in which there were people:

“But in some cases people were trapped in buildings when those buildings were burned… This is very unfortunate.”

The government sent an army to reinforce the police force to disperse the demonstrations.

Eswatini, formerly landlocked Swaziland, is home to 1.3 million people.

Protestors last week ramped up demands for political reform in the country — Africa’s last absolute monarchy.

The government deployed the army to reinforce the police to break up the demonstrations.

Photo by AFP via Getty Images

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