The king of Eswatini, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, on Friday praised the country’s police service, which last year brutally put down pro-democracy demonstrations, killing dozens of protesters. The AFP news agency reports that, speaking after at least four police officers have been killed in recent weeks in what authorities believe are revenge attacks by suspected anti-government activists King Mswati III said: “I am very happy that even in present day, after you have been victims of attacks from terrorists, you have not stopped, but continued to uphold the oath that you took when you joined the police service”.