Eswatini Nurses Shot During Protests, 30 Injured

Eswatini armed forces used live ammunition to disrupt a pro-democracy protest by nurses, shooting at least 30 of them, their union stated on Thursday.

One of the injured nurses being carried in a stretcher

One of the injured nurses being carried in a stretcher

The protest happened on Wednesday. The kingdom shut down internet access, making it tough to acquire facts from throughout the country, and the internet access remained cut off as of Thursday.

According to a statement released by the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union, the health workers were shot at as they were fleeing.

"Nurses and other workers converged at the Coronation Park were met with an unprecedented show of force by the police and the army.

"They were brutally dispersed and scattered all over the capital. As they were running, they were shot with live ammunition."

Four people have been taken to surgery for gunshot wounds, and a total of 30 of the health workers were treated for their injuries, it added.

The 30 injured were amongst more than eighty hurt on Wednesday in pro-democracy protests that have flared throughout the kingdom once called Swaziland.

The union said security forces kept shooting at nurses into the evening, even as they were travelling for night shifts as hospitals.

It called on its members not to treat any injured soldiers or police, calling the security forces “imbeciles”. The union said:

"Clearly, these blood-thirsty imbeciles, brood of vipers are hellbent to kill nurses and the nation in defence of an ailing government."

The latest protests have run for more than two weeks, spearheaded by students, civil servants, and transport employees.

King Mswati III is Africa’s last absolute monarch, who enjoys flaunting his wealth and showering his 15 wives with lavish gifts.


Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.

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