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 Thursday, 19 December, 2002, 11:23 GMT
Swazis march for rule of law
More than 1,000 protesters have gathered in the capital of Swaziland, Mbabane, to demand a return to the rule of law.

The two-day strike has been called by trade unions in protest at government interference in the judicial system.

Earlier on Thursday, a petrol bomb exploded at a police compound on the outskirts of Mbabane.

Police said the attack may be linked to the strike and they suspected an underground opposition grouping, the People's United Democratic Movement.

The protesters are demanding the cancellation of the purchase of a $45m luxury plane for King Mswati III at a time of severe food shortages.

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