The Swaziland Democracy Campaign (SDC) has joined with Swazi labour unions to defy the ban on protests, imposed by the prime minister yesterday (7 April 2011).
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) quotes an SDC spokesperson saying they are ‘adamant that the protest will go ahead as planned’.
Yesterday, Barnabas Dlamini, the illegally-appointed Prime Minister of Swaziland, announced that marches planned for next Tuesday (12 April 2011) were illegal and therefore banned.
At least three different protests were planned for Tuesday. As well as the SDC, which is celebrating its first anniversary, the Labour Coordinating Council (LCC) plans three days of marches. An ‘uprising’ coordinated through a Facebook site is also slated for the same day.
Last night, the LCC said it would go ahead with its marches. It said the prime minister had no legal right to ban the protests.