Pro-democracy group calls on S Africa to intervene in Eswatini Oct 18, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa Maseru/NairobiThe Swaziland Solidarity Network on Sunday called on the South African government to intervene in neighbouring Eswatini, where they say political tensions “have gone beyond boiling point.” “I am not a prophet, but the people of Swaziland want democracy or nothing,” Lucky Lukhele, spokesperson for the group, which has been supporting the pro-democracy movement since 1983, told dpa.His comments come after a strike and protests against the rule of King Mswati III by school pupils and public transport workers caused havoc in the tiny southern African kingdom last week.On Friday the government reportedly closed down the internet for a several hours before on Saturday announcing the indefinite closure of all schools.“That is a way to try and quell the protests,” said Lukhele, adding that South Africa should send in security forces before the people “render the country ungovernable.” Fuel shortages in the kingdom have also been reported.“Things are tough,” one motorist told dpa. “If these protests continue to next week, we might have a food crisis soon. Trucks will fear the risk of being burnt.” The kingdom formerly known as Swaziland was renamed the Kingdom of Eswatini in 2018. The landlocked country has under 1.2 million residents, and borders Mozambique and South Africa.Since June, there have been repeated protests against the king’s rule and clashes between police and demonstrators.Mswati has been criticized for his decadent lifestyle in stark contrast to the widespread poverty experienced by much of the population. Dissent in the kingdom is almost impossible, however, as political parties have been banned since 1973. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES 21 dead as heavy rains lash south India’s Kerala Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Hundreds rally in Iraq decrying results of recent parliamentary vote Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Saudi Arabia relaxes COVID-19 restrictions Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Israel warns of regional arms race if Iran completes nuclear weapon dpa Tel Aviv Israel has warned of the danger of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iran succeeds in building a nuclear bomb. “The Iranians today are closer to creating fissile material for nuclear weapons than they .. Death toll from landslides, floods hits 40 in Philippines dpa Manila The death toll from landslides and floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines has risen to 40, with 18 still missing, the national disaster agency said on Sunday. More than 43,000 people were displaced by .. Indonesian conservationists catch Sumatran tiger blamed for attacks dpa Jakarta Conservationists in Indonesia’s Sumatra island caught a rare Sumatran tiger which was said to have mauled two people to death, local media reported on Sunday. Police and staff from the Jambi nature .. Sea-Watch 3 resumes ops to rescue 60 migrants off Libya dpa Rome One day after resuming its operations in the central Mediterranean, the German NGO Sea-Watch has rescued a further 60 migrants from a precarious attempt to reach Europe by boat. The NGO’s boat, the Sea-Watch 3, ..