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Swazi activists denounce King Mswati III after leftwingers are arrested

Autocratic monarch ordered the detention of People’s United Democratic Movement members

The Swaziland Solidarity Network denounced autocratic King Mswati III today for ordering the arrest of several members of left-wing opposition party the People’s United Democratic Movement (Pudemo).

The Swaziland Youth Congress had announced that Pudemo secretary general Mlungisi Makhanya, its public relations officer Brian Ntshangase and other members were arrested early today for wearing Pudemo T-shirts and berets.

“Like the biblical king Herod who was extremely jealous of Jesus from the time he was born and later ordered the head of John the Baptist as a gift to his daughter, Swaziland’s own king Herod, Mswati, has ordered the arrest of Pudemo members as a fitting present for his 46th birthday,” said network spokesman Lucky Lukhele.

“We condemn this deplorable act in the harshest terms possible and call upon the entire mass democratic movement, its supporters and symphathisers to engage for mass action against this despot.”

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