Chaos as Swaziland citizens besiege US Embassy
Thousands of protestors who were using vehicles to travel to deliver the petition at the Embassy were blocked by armed security agents who barricaded the streets prompting the protestors to dump the vehicles and brave the rainy weather by walking to Ezulwini where the Embassy is located.
Highway by Mfabantfu. Road closed. People now walking up to Ezulwini.There's not a damn thing that will deter emaSwati from delivering the petition today. Nothing. Zilch. #ItIsTime#Ibhemile pic.twitter.com/uZdvnsOf6G— Teacher Bae (@MsGugstar) October 1, 2021
South Africa's EFF Head of International Relations Godrich Gardee said, "The people of eSwatini are resolute on their fight for democratization of their country....We are inspired by their steadfastness.... Aluta."
In September, high school students from the Shiselweni region in southern Eswatini walked out of their classes on September 22, demanding the release of two arrested pro-democracy representatives.
Students from different tertiary institutions in Eswatini getting ready to march to the US Embassy as part of mass protests aimed at putting pressure on the current regime to allow for multiparty democracy. #EswatiniProtests pic.twitter.com/P3fJ7Use9p— Mweli Masilela (@mwelimasilela) October 1, 2021
Eswatini citizens have been calling for elections and the right to elect the country's prime minister, plus accountability from parliamentary representatives whom they say are silent on issues such as police brutality and corruption.
Swaziland is the only absolute monarchy in the world and King Mswati III, has ruled for 35 years by decree.