At least 70 killed by police in Africa’s last absolute monarchy

Protestors of the monarchy list a wide range of demands, with some simply calling for reforms by the way of a constitutional monarchy with others calling for the removal of the monarchy entirely. Calls to simply be able to elect their own prime minister have been met with violent and ruthless police brutality and government censorship.

Former Tunisian minister placed under house arrest as president continues government shakeup

A former minister and senior member of Tunisia’s Ennahdha party has been placed under house arrest, as President Saied continues his shakeup of the country’s government. Anouar Maarouf, who led Tunisia’s Ministry of Communications and Technology between 2016 and 2020, was arrested on Friday August 6th over allegations of abuse of authority.

Communist Party of Swaziland appeals for renewed solidarity in intensified struggle for freedom

The Communist Party of Swaziland has appealed for increased international solidarity in their gathering struggle against the brutal, dictatorial regime of one of the world’s last absolute monarchs.

Evergreen Marine ship finally released after tussle with Egyptian government

Despite the ordeal, which disrupted global trade for almost a week, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has insisted that the southern stretch of the canal where the boat got stuck will not be widened.

Algeria holds parliamentary election, with many boycotting

Algeria’s first parliamentary election since the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been held amid mass calls for a boycott. Those choosing not to vote include the decentralised Hirak movement, who pushed against the former President in his attempt to stand for a fifth term.

Communist Party of Swaziland calls for working class unity for total liberation on Africa Day 2021

The Communist Party of Swaziland marked Africa Day by issuing a comprehensive call to arms for working people across the continent. Challenge carries their statement in full. The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) in celebration of Africa Day 2021 salutes all our African liberation stalwarts for the gallant contributions they made in the anti-colonial struggles over the years. The CPS also salutes all the revolutionaries daily engaged in taking the African liberation struggle forward, particularly struggles against the subjugation of the African continent to imperialist forces. The CPS calls for working-class unity against imperialism, but also targeted at the overthrow of African dictators.

DRC President announces “state of siege” in eastern provinces

A “state of siege” has been declared in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country’s president, Felix Tshisekedi, made the decision following escalating violence in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.

South African Communists condemn ANC inaction amid student protests

On Wednesday (10 March 2021), the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) released a statement following the death of a civilian during student protests near the University of the Witwatersrand. Protests have been raging in South Africa since the turn of the year, when the ANC Govt introduced new measures stopping students laden with debt from enrolling for university.