The World Federation of trade Unions-WFTU pledges its full support for the people of Swaziland as they struggle for their freedom. We have noted with interests the countrywide protests that seek to bring democracy in that country.
The WFTU has over the years been on the side of the people of Swaziland in their struggle as led by the Peoples United Democratic Movement PUDEMO. We encourage the unity demonstrated by the people in towns, rural areas, factories and farms and across political lines to work together for freedom. In the past we have organised several solidarity activities over the years.
We condemn the shooting of people by the army and police.
We call on the authorities in Swaziland to
- Unban political parties
- Allow exiles to return home
- Release all political prisoners
- Allow free and democratic elections where the people will elect their leaders.
We also call on all our allied organisations around the world to send messages of solidarity to the people.