Teachers protesting in Swaziland earlier this Year Many children are joining in the protests of their teachers in Swaziland The teachers are demanding a  pay increase (which would not even match the inflation rate) and the government has declared their strike illegal and said that all striking teachers will be fired. This is the usual way in which the dictatorship in Swaziland deals with strikes, as attested by a teacher Amos Dlamini, who spoke to the IRIN website: "As expected, a court order was sought [by the government] to declare the strike illegal and was granted by a government-appointed judge, but because this happens whenever a strike is called in Swaziland the aggrieved parties take to the streets anyway. But it gives the security forces a green light to attack us." The government tried to get the whole executive of the teaching union SNAT arrested but this has just been turned down by the courts. Meanwhile tens of striking teachers have been arrested and the police have been using teargas and rubber bullets to attack their demonstrations and pickets. Some teachers and children have been injured in the attacks. Many high school students have joined the demonstrations, one told IRIN: "We are tired of going to school where there is no water for the toilets, no electricity and food that makes you sick to your stomach. The teachers are abused because they are paid peanuts. We know where the money goes in Swaziland. We know who has it." King Mswati II the absolute monarch of Swaziland - a recent guest of the queen of England - is famous for his extravagant lifestyle. A teacher said: "These children are not revolutionaries, they are just Swazis who feel Swaziland should belong to all Swazis and the resources of the country should be used for everyone. As a teacher it breaks my heart... These children are suffering because they don't have a functioning science lab or even a decent soccer pitch." The International Monetary Fund  has been working with the Swazi dictatorship and told it to cut 10% of its public sector workers. Meanwhile the IMF's brother organisation the World Bank ostensibly advocates for Universal Primary Education. As a teacher told the IRIN website: "That [firing teachers] would certainly cut down on government's wage bill, because a majority of teachers will be dismissed. But it shows government sees education as a political battleground, not as a national crisis that needs attention. As an African teacher I wonder why I am not respected. Why do some African leaders give lip service to the importance of education but do so little in terms of policy and expenditures?"