As pro-democracy protests devolved into pandemonium on Monday evening, Eswatini's main chain shop, OK Foods, in Matsapha, and other outlets were set on fire, posing the first threat to a king who has ruled the landlocked southern African country with a free hand.
Protests have erupted around the country for many days in at least ten separate locations, causing the police to disperse the crowds. Tear gas and live fire were used on protestors, resulting in injuries.
The Prime Minister, Ministers, Judges, and Civil Servants are all chosen by the Eswatini leader, who rules the country as an absolute monarch.
"Whatever the truth about the king's whereabouts is, the situation on the ground in the kingdom is extremely explosive, as unknown persons have set fire to stores and industrial plants, and the army has already been dispatched to handle the situation. There have been reports that the army or police had. killed more than one bystander or protestor "Lucky is a spokesperson for SSN.
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