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eSwatini crack down on protesters

eSwatini crack down on protesters

LUNGA MASUKU ESWATINI police fired teargas and water cannon at anti-monarchy protesters yesterday, the head of a teachers' union said, while videos on social media showed demonstrators running away as shots rang out in the background. Campaigners organised the latest round of demonstrations after the authorities quashed days of violent protests at the end of June against King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch. In his first remarks on the protests, the king called them "satanic" and said they had taken the country backwards. The king denies critics' accusations of autocratic rule and of using public money in an impoverished…
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Kenyans protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza

Kenyans protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza

POLICE fired teargas to disperse a crowd of more than 200 people protesting in Kenya's capital Nairobi yesterday against the Israeli bombing of the Palestinian territory of Gaza. Several demonstrators were arrested, a Reuters witness said. The march started after Eid prayers at a nearby mosque. Protesters waved banners with the Palestinian flag and with the words: "Kenyans stand with Palestine" and "Our freedom is incomplete without the Freedom of Palestine - Nelson Mandela". "I stand with my brothers and sisters in Palestine and I pray day and night that my sisters and brothers get peace," said protestor Rayan Sheikh.…
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Ugandan presidential hopeful says police used bullets to disperse supporters

Ugandan presidential hopeful says police used bullets to disperse supporters

ELIAS BIRYABAREMA  UGANDAN pop star and presidential hopeful, Bobi Wine, said some of his supporters were injured on Saturday after police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse a crowd in the country's east. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is seeking to end the 34-year-rule of ageing President Yoweri Museveni in polls due to be held early next year. Police spokesman Fred Enanga did not reply to Reuters' repeated calls seeking comment. In a post on his Facebook account, Wine said he had travelled to the eastern Ugandan town of Mbale to appear on a radio talk show…
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Ivory Coast police fire teargas at supporters of former president

Ivory Coast police fire teargas at supporters of former president

POLICE fired teargas to disperse a protest in the commercial capital, Abidjan, on Thursday against the exclusion of former President Laurent Gbagbo and others from the voter rolls for October's presidential election. Hundreds of protesters had gathered outside the national electoral commission's headquarters to demand that Gbagbo, his ally Charles Ble Goude and former prime minister Guillaume Soro be included in the rolls, a Reuters witness said. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara. Photo: Presidency of the Republic of Benin The electoral commission said the three were not included because of criminal convictions and that it will consider appeals against their…
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South African police fire tear gas during Cape anti-racism march

South African police fire tear gas during Cape anti-racism march

SOUTH African police have fired tear gas and stun grenades to stop a large crowd of Economic Freedom Front (EFF) supporters from reaching a high school in Cape Town following a racial spat over a matriculation party. Hundreds of protesters belonging to South Africa's second-largest opposition party gathered in Brackenfell, a mainly white Afrikaner community in Cape Town's northern suburbs, to protest against perceived entrenched racism at the school. On November 9, a smaller protest outside the school was marred by violence when concerned parents and community members, mainly white, overwhelmed a group of EFF members with bats and fists.…
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Zimbabwe police arrested for firing tear gas into bus full of commuters

Zimbabwe police arrested for firing tear gas into bus full of commuters

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE Zimbabwean government has suspended seven police officers after a video of commuters leaping from the bus after teargas was fired into it, went viral. Footage of bus commuters jumping from the bus through windows and teargas smoke billowing out of the bus were shared on social media. “Police brutality in Zimbabwe has reached shocking heights. They threw multiple teargas canisters into a bus filled with citizens threatening many lives with death by asphyxiation. We cannot breathe. There is a crisis in Zimbabwe. Retweet for awareness,” said Fadzayi Mahere, who shared the video on Twitter. The Zimbabwean…
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Police fire teargas at Nigerians protesting at alleged brutality

Police fire teargas at Nigerians protesting at alleged brutality

ANGELA UKOMADU AND LIBBY GEORGE NIGERIAN police have used teargas to disperse dozens of people in the capital Abuja who had gathered to protest at alleged brutality by members of a special police unit, witnesses said. Protesters, some holding placards, ran as clouds of teargas hung in the air. Multiple people at the incident said on Twitter that police had fired the canisters. A spokesman for the police did not immediately respond to a message and call requesting comment. "They poured teargas on each and every one of us, it's so hot I had to put water on my face.…
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