News Alerts

08 Sep 2017 | 04:47 PM UTC

Swaziland: Protests close university September 7

Swaziland News Alert

Clashes between police and protesters force Swaziland University to close on September 7

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/8/2017, 12:00 AM until 9/9/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mbabane). COUNTRY/REGION Swaziland

Event

Clashes between protesting student and unarmed police on Thursday, September 7, resulted in authorities closing the University of Swaziland. The students were reportedly boycotting classes because of the low quality and high price of food on campus and unpaid scholarships. Students gathering at the campus in Luyengo reportedly threw rocks at police officers, injuring four, and flipped a police vehicle. Additional police officers were deployed after the fighting and were allegedly able to peacefully disperse the students. Students groups have pledged to hold overnight vigils outside the Ministry of Education until the university is reopened. Additional clashes between demonstrators and police officers cannot be ruled out.

Context

In recent years, students in Swaziland have resorted to protests in attempts to force the government to institute education reforms. Clashes between protesting students and police do occur. In February, police fired warning shots at students protesting unpaid scholarships. Security forces drove an armored vehicle into a crowd of protesting students, seriously injuring one, in February 2016.

Advice

Individuals present in Swaziland are advised to avoid all demonstrations and to anticipate service disruptions. On a more general note, all those present in the country should be on guard against high crime rates including both petty and violent crime; be particularly vigilant after dusk and avoid traveling alone when possible. Criminals may be armed; do not resist if confronted and do not look your attacker(s) directly in the eye. Drive with windows closed, doors locked, and all personal possessions hidden from sight.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news