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Alex Perry on Swaziland: "How Not to Be a Monarch"

Falling off the EdgeBlogging for Time magazine,Alex Perry lambastes Swaziland's King Mswati III for his kingdom's recent heavy-handed actions against democracy activists:

As Britain counts down the days to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton,there comes a reminder from the tiny kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa of how not to be a monarch.On Tuesday,Swazi King Mswati III,非洲最后一个绝对主权国家,向支持民主的示威者释放安全部队。Police fired tear gas and water cannon into a small crowd gathered in Manzini,Swaziland's largest town,and beat anyone suspected of trying to take part in the protest.Other officers detained activists across the country and turned back those heading to the rally at roadblocks around Manzini.警方发言人,Wendy Hleta,告诉美联社官员正面临推翻政府的企图。“局势几乎失控了。”said Hleta.警方“被迫射击催泪瓦斯罐以驱散人群”。The protest was called for the 38th anniversary of the day,April 12,when Mswati's father,King Sobhuza II,declared emergency rule and banned political parties.

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