21 June 2013

Swaziland: Police Shoot As Children Protest

Police in Swaziland fired live bullets and teargas as children protested against alleged corruption at their school.

It happened at Mhubhe High School in Ngculwini when police were called after school pupils boycotted classes.

Local media reported police were armed with rifles and pistols. Gun shots were fired at the pupils after police drove them away from the school, but they tried to return.

'The pupils were not deterred by the warning shots fired in the air and police had to call for back-up The police's contingency plan seemed to work out as the back-up officers arrived armed with rifles and teargas canisters,' the Times of Swaziland reported.

Pupils were protesting after a newspaper reported that funds at the school had been misappropriated.

The Times said police fired at the children after they threw stones at them.

A spokesperson for Swazi Police said they were investigating to see if any of the pupils could be charged with an offence.

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