[DEBATE] : Fwd: [COSATU Press] Solidarity with Swaziland people
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From: Patrick Craven <patrick at cosatu.org.za>
Subject: [COSATU Press] Solidarity with Swaziland people
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COSATU TO STAGE PROTEST ACTION AT THE OSHOEK BORDER GATE IN
SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF SWAZILAND.
On 18 September 2008 COSATU members in Mpumalanga will embark on a
protest action in solidarity with the struggling masses of Swaziland
for democracy in that country.
COSATU is consistent in its support for the workers and the people of
Swaziland, as nearly every year COSATU members have staged border
blockades at all the borders between South Africa and Swaziland to
call for democracy and the rule of law in that country.
On 19 September 2008 the people of Swaziland will be forced to observe
and participate in an illegitimate and undemocratic lections which
are run and controlled by the Tinkhundla regime. These elections
takes place under conditions where political parties are banned,
where the freedom of association is denied, where the constitution of
the country has been imposed unto the people, where political
activists are harassed and tortured by the Swaziland Defence Force and
police on daily basis, where young men and women have fled the
country and are exiled because of their activism.
The Tinkhundla regime has politically failed the people of Swaziland,
it is a neo-colonial and semi-feudal system founded on the exclusion
of the overwhelming majority of the people of Swaziland. The economy
of Swaziland is today characterized by the following:
· HIV/AIDS prevalence at 40%
· Highest levels of inequalities between the rich and the poor
· The economy not growing but stagnating
· Women abuse is dressed in nice gown called tradition
· About 70% of the population live below the $1 a day and
over 300 000 of the around 1 million citizens depend on food aids.
· Unemployment rate is amongst the highest in the SADC Region .
COSATU in Mpumalanga calls upon all peace-loving people of Mpumalanga,
the Alliance, the Mass Democratic Movement, the NGOs and CBOs,
members of the community to join us in the protest action to liberate
the people of Swaziland from the yoke of oppression .
For more information please contact Norman Mokoena at
0828036712 or Raymond Mnguni at 0827123559.
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