Saturday, February 18, 2023

KKE in EU Parliament: "Solidarity with the people and the Communist Party of Swaziland"

On Wednesday 15 February, the plenary of EU Parliament in Strasbourg organized a discussion concerning "the situation of human rights defenders in Eswatini" (Swaziland). 
The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) intervened in the debate expressing its solidarity with the people and the Communist Party of Swaziland who fight against the authoritarian regime of King Mswati II. 

More specifically, KKE MEP Lefteris Nikolaou-Alavanos pointed out in his speech:

"We unequivocally condemn the constant state repression, the murders - such as of Thulani Maseko, the abductions, torture and imprisonment against activists, members of trade and student unions by the autocratic Mswati regime.

We express our solidarity with the communist party of Swaziland in particular, recognising its important contribution for the organisation of the struggle for the people's needs against the reactionary regime that was established in 1973 and has since imposed a ban on political parties’ constant restrictions on trade union struggle.

We condemn the arrests and torture against activists of the communist party, the false accusations, such as against recently Bongi Mamba and Mvuselelo Mkhabela, aiming at weakening the party’s militant stance in favour of working people's interests.

We salute the struggle of the people of Swaziland. We support their just demands for the legalisation of political parties, the safe return of political exiles and refugees, the lifting of all restrictions of the right to protest, of media censorship, for unrestricted parliamentary elections."