Swaziland sees thousands protest for 2nd day

AP News
Posted: Jul 28, 2011 9:03 AM
Swaziland sees thousands protest for 2nd day

Thousands of people are participating in a second day of demonstrations in the small kingdom of Swaziland over the king's handling of an economic crisis.

More than 3,000 demonstrators gathered across the country Thursday, accompanied by armed police.

Protesters blame the absolute monarch for a shortage of essential medical supplies and a failing economy.

AIDS groups say the country faces a shortage of anti-retroviral drugs. More than a quarter of Swazis between the ages of 15 and 49 are believed to carry HIV.

Labor union negotiations also failed this week amid anger from members about the mismanagement of funds by King Mswati III. A court on Wednesday overturned a government application to stop protesters from demonstrating.