MANZINI GRINDS TO A STANDSTILL AS THE ARMY IS SENT IN
Swaziland Solidarity Network
12th April 2011
The situation in Manzini has descended to chaos and police are failing to handle it. This has prompted the state to send in the Red Barrettes, a special branch of the Swazi Army.
In the centre of the city, a police officer made the mistake of intimidating bus conductors who were going about their normal business. The bus conductors did not take kindly to this and beat up the police officer, who is suspected to be in a comma.
While trying to save their colleague, the police have created more chaos.
On another part of the city, close to Salesian High School, another protest camp is has been set up by protesters and police are no longer able to do as they please with them.
On the Grand Valley Hill, which is close to the bus rank, smoke was seen on the horizon and shots were heard being fired.
At the SNAT centre another skirmish is unfolding as protesters are defying police by regrouping every time they are dispersed.
The four protest centres are: The bus rank in Manzini, Salesian high school, SNAT Centre and St Michael’s High School. The latest information coming out of the tiny kingdom is that the police have now run out of teargas.
Issued By SSN