13 December 2013

Swaziland: Swazi Police Break Up Mandela Prayers

Police in Swaziland have broken up a church service held to mourn the death of Nelson Mandela, according reports from the kingdom.

The service at the Lutheran Church in Manzini, was organised by the Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF), an organisation that campaigns for democracy in the kingdom ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch.

The People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) reported that police used 'brute force' to break up the memorial service.

This is not the first time police and state security forces in Swaziland have broken up prayer meetings.

In March and April 2013, they broke up prayer meetings, claiming they were political meetings called to discuss the forthcoming national election in the kingdom. Police said they were a threat to national security.

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