Eswatini shuts schools amid new wave of protests

A barricade is set ablaze in the road during a protest in Mbabane, Eswatini, June 29, 2021. PHOTO/ AFP

Eswatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy, said Saturday it had shut its schools "indefinitely with immedi ate effect" as the country faces a wave of pro-democracy protests. 
Pupils and students of the tiny, landlocked nation formerly known as Swaziland have been protesting for a number of weeks, boycotting lessons and calling for free schooling, as well as an end to the regime under King Mswati III.

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