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At least 21 killed in eSwatini protests, says Swaziland Youth Congress

At least 21 people have been allegedly killed by eSwatini’s security forces during pro-democracy protests, the Swaziland Youth Congress (Swayoco) said on Wednesday.

The protests started peacefully in the Manzini region of Africa’s last absolute monarchy on June 20 when young people took to the streets in a push for the right to democratically elect the prime minister, currently appointed by King Mswati III. They have however since turned violent. “We were off-line due to an internet shutdown. We have 21 confirmed cases of Swazi patriots killed by the state security. In honour of our fallen patriots we will soldier on until democracy,” youth movement Swayoco said on its social media platform.