Swazi Teachers Protest Teachers in Swaziland went on strike this week in their continuing struggle for democracy Teachers have been in the leadership of pro-democracy demonstrations and strikes in the country which is ruled by an absoloute monarch. Like other governments in the Global South however, even his absoloute monarchy is subject to the dictates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which has ordered his government to make cuts in public spending which will see teachers' pay cut by 10%. Teachers in Swaziland are already on sarvation pay while the king and his cronies enjoy a lavish lifestyle. Hundreds of students and teachers demonstrated in the streets of Mbabane earlier this week but they were pushed back by police. Earlier demonstrations have met with violent repression and arrests by security forces. The leader of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), Muzi Mhlanga, has said that if the government imposes the cuts unilaterally, SNAT will consider the country not to have a government and will carry on protesting until a new government is formed. For further background  on this story - see previous posts. Also if you are engaged in this struggle please contact me at mary@teachersolidarity.com or post a comment.