Months after authorities loyal to the Eswatini’s absolute monarch quelled an earlier round of demonstrations using tear gas and water cannon, protests calling for reforms in the Southern African country have again flared up.
Rage against King Mswati III has been building for years.
Among the protests this week are demonstrations in schools by students chanting “Mswati must fall” and “Release our MPs,” a reference to two lawmakers arrested during anti-monarchy protests this year.
Bus drivers blocked some of the main roads in the city of Manzini.
The 53-year-old monarch who has denied claims of tyrannical rule and of using public money to fund a lavish lifestyle in July called protests against his rule “satanic” and said the protesters had taken the country backwards.
The Swaziland Association of Students has called for a nationwide protest on Friday.