The small mountain kingdom of Swaziland is gearing up for mass peaceful protests 12 April 2011. The protestors are demanding a democratic government, press freedom and re-evaluation of the Swazi monarchy.
The uprising is led by Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) and the youth. In response to this plan the government banned protests, recruited 500 new members to strengthen the military and deployed security forces to carry out roadblocks throughout the country leading to the protests planned for Tuesday, 12 April 2011. The government arrested four of the leaders of the uprisings at one of the roadblocks on 11 April, the day before the planned action;
• Maxwell Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS).
• Simanga Ginindza, the Deputy Secretary of the Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) SWAYOCO members.
• Themba Mabuza, the SUDF National Organizing Secretary and former National Organising Secretary of the Swaziland Youth Congress ...