Eswatini anti-monarchy protest dispersed with teargas, water cannon

PUBLISHED: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 10:05:45 GMT

By Lunga Masuku

MBABANE, July 16 (Reuters) – Eswatini police fired teargas and water cannon at anti-monarchy protesters on Friday, the head of a teachers’ union said, while videos on social media showed demonstrators running away as shots rang out in the background.

Campaigners organised the latest round of demonstrations after government forces quashed days of violent protests at the end of June against King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch.

(Reporting by Lunga Masuku; Writing by Emma Rumney; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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