Peter kenworthy’s stiffkitten blog is reporting that one death during the Manzini bus operator protest on Monday (19 September 2011) has been confirmed.
It says a child died after breathing in teargas.
Three people were also hit by live ammunition fired by police, it says.
“Confirmed information, which I got from the Secretary General of the Kombi Association Sabelo Dlamini, is that one child lost his life after inhaling a tear gas. Ten police officers were injured and a number of bus operators were injured as they were assaulted with sjamboks [large whips] and fired upon with live rounds and rubber bullets,” it quotes Dumezweni Dlamini from the Swazi NGO Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice saying.
Stiffkitten had previously reported that two people were shot dead by police during the disturbances but this has not been confirmed.
To read the full stiffkitten report, click here.