Mario Masuku is the President of the Peoples' United  Democratic Movement - Insika Yenkhululeko YeMaswati - of Swaziland. For 25 years this organisation has been banned in Swaziland because political parties are illegal. PUDEMO has called for multi-party democracy since its formation, it believes a government should be of the people and for the people.

After 25 years of struggle the royal family (the Dlamini clan of king Mswati III) has now forced government to label this organisation "terrorist" and Mario Masuku has been detained without charge since Saturday November  15th, 2008.

We of Swaziland and the international community call for the immediate release of Mario Masuku. We urge the government of Swaziland to begin sincere negotiations with civil society, political organisations, and unions so that all in the nation can prosper and reach their potential. We are shocked that the king has declared war on the people of Swaziland. We do attribute the escalating violence to his decision to use force rather than dialogue.

To send a message of solidarity to PUDEMO write to pudemo@freeuk
For those wishing to write directly to representatives of the Swazi regime email addresses will be posted shortly.

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