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Rights mass action shuts Lesotho

Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili. Picture: Stephane de Sakutin

Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili. Picture: Stephane de Sakutin

Published Jul 14, 2015

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Maseru - Lesotho was shut down on Monday as citizens heeded a mass action call to protest over escalating human rights abuses by Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s regime.

The mass stayaway was convened after Saturday’s well-attended burial of former Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander Maaparankoe Mahao, who was shot and killed on May 25 by a group of soldiers loyal to Mosisili and reinstated LDF boss Tlali Kamoli.

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The capital Maseru was empty as taxi operators grounded their vehicles, and most shops, offices and textile factories closed for business.

Spokesmen for the All Basotho Convention, Reformed Congress of Lesotho and Basotho National Party, the three opposition parties which convened the strike, said they were humbled by the people’s response.

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