SWAZILAND: Eswatini Beverages where King Mswati III owns shares burned by protestors.

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Protesters burn brewery partly owned by King Mswati III as tensions escalate
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As protests continue to rock Swaziland’s tiny Eswatini Kingdom, protestors have now set on fire Eswatini beverages, the leading beverages company in the landlocked nation.

According to sources, it is believed King Mswati III owns fifty percent of the shares.

This burning occurred on Tuesday night, few minutes after the Swazi Government imposed a curfew and shut down internet. Internet, however, was restored on Wednesday morning.

 The curfew was imposed from 6p.m to 5a.m, among other measures, to curb rising corona virus cases. Soldiers were also deployed to stop the protests.  This move angered pro-democracy protestors who turned out in large numbers to retaliate.

According to Lucy Lukhele, Swaziland Solidarity Network’s spokesperson, protestors vowed to not only defy the curfew but also set the beverage on fire.

““They then decided to go and burn down the brewery which partly owned by the king through another company. We can confirm that it burned down,” She said.

On Wednesday morning, tension remained high in various parts of the Kingdom,; businesses shut down, transport affected and soldiers patrolling the streets to abort any planned protest.

Since the protests began, most citizens have been struggling to get food, reported Thokozane Kunene, general secretary of the Communist Party of Swaziland.

“In the major hospitals in the country, there is no food for the patients because there’s been no supply,” said Kunene.

Protests have vowed to continue with the riots and demonstrations until the King leaves power and their demands addressed.

Rioters are demanding for political reforms, among them freedom to elect their own prime minister. They also want political parties to be allowed to operate, something they have missed since 1973.

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