18 September 2016

Swaziland: Police 'Brutally Assualt' Workers

Striking plantation workers in Swaziland were 'brutally assaulted' by police, a local newspaper has reported.

The displayed bruised and injured legs where they were physically battered by Royal Swaziland Police officers, the Swazi Observer said.

Of the injured workers at Swaziland Plantation, five were women and one a man.

The Observer reported on Thursday (15 September 2016), 'Striking Plantation Workers Vice-Secretary Wendy Simelane said she suffered a double leg fracture and multiple tortures at the hands of three Royal Swaziland Police officers.'

It added Simelane was with four other workers.

'They all claimed to have been assaulted by police who then warned them to keep silent, and not tell their story to anyone after taking them to the Pigg's Peak Government Hospital for treatment.

'The workers were taken to a secluded location and were allegedly assaulted for starting the fires at the plantation grounds.

'They claimed to have been forced by police at the Pigg's Peak Police Station to write statements claiming they started the fires.'

The Observer reported the workers were 'assaulted' and 'tortured' with water and plastics at the police station.

The attacks were said to have happened on Friday 9 September 2016.

Workers had been on strike for more than a month. They won a 13 percent pay rise on Tuesday (13 September 2016).

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