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The National Security facility in Juba, also known as the Blue House (Radio Eye photo)
October 7, 2018 (JUBA) - Armed inmates took two guards hostage in the National Security detention facility in Juba, the "Blue House" where many political detainees and prisoners are jailed, asking for dialogue over their situation.

Conflicting reports are emerging from the South Sudanese capital about the riot, but security officials confirmed to Sudan Tribune that over one hundred prisoners stormed a weapons store in the prison and before to capture two prison guards.

The inmates who took control of the prison and some of them are on the roof of the Blue House since the early hours of Sunday morning say they have no intention to use force but they want their voice to be heard and to negotiate with the authorities over their release.

Heavily armed police forces are deployed outside the Blue House, as a security measure to prevent that some escape and to secure the area, officials say.

It is not clear what triggered the riot, as it is purportedly that the prisoners captured the arms store after rumours that the security officials obstruct their release despite the presidential order.

Prominent activist Peter Biar Ajak, who was arrested at the Juba International Airport last July, told the Voice of America said the situation was very volatile.

"Safety now is very relative, we are now in a situation where we don’t know what may happen," he said.

"What we are hoping for is that the government of South Sudan is able to resolve this and is able to negotiate to those who have taken this decision to resort to this kind of armed protest," he further added.

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  • 7 October 13:20, by Games

    Fantastic, if Salva Kiir and gangs are not honouring the Khartoum Peace Agreement to releases those were jailed for nothing, then these guys have rights to release themselves and enjoy the peace outside like many of us.

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  • 7 October 15:39, by One people

    The Rhino ya unknowing identity inta
    let me ask you a quick question. If you know Khartoum peace agreement is fake, than why do you care about implementaint it? I tell you! Not every single person in that prison is a prisoner of war or political detainee. So please go and restudy your judgement laws first before you talk like you know how to free prisoners, you don’t even know who should be>>

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    • 7 October 15:45, by One people

      sentenced for longtime in prison and who shouldn’t be, if you’re judge in this country name south, I believe there will be to many criminals moving around the city without judgement. So that mean you will be a fake judge and a crim maker judge. Stupid

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      • 7 October 17:26, by One people

        Two crazy lions came out from the bush and started attacking people in the town, one person got killed by one Lion, & other Lion is looting Cows & goats by chasing them to the bush, but something happened to them. When they were running around the town, the two Lions went and fall in the well. while they’re in the well, they didn’t want to give up, they still acting crazy trying to get out, but>>

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        • 7 October 17:55, by One people

          the good news is, a lot of people came around that well, some people are holding AK-47, some people are holding shovel, some people are holding knife & some people are with nothing in their hands, all of them they started arguing because people with AK-47 wants to shoot those Lion in there, but people with shovel wants those Lions to be buried alive in there, and people with Knife are saying that>

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          • 7 October 18:36, by One people

            they don’t have anything to do about who want this or want that, all they want is those Lions to be free so they can get a chance to remove their skin...The argument still on going, than the people with nothing in their hands came up with good idea by saying that, no one touch those Lions just leave them in their since we’re all out here, they don’t have anywhere to go or to get out of this well

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            • 7 October 18:51, by One people

              So The Rhino ya unknowing identity inta

              which side of those group are you on? Ya Khalp inta

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              • 7 October 19:42, by The Rhino

                One people,

                Now listen to this very carefully,you filthy bast**d.I can ruin your personal life,ya illiterate camp boy.You are nothing but a little patty f**k toddling around on computer keyboards learning to poke a grizzly.You have no idea as to who is really in charge of South Sudan.Shut up,and clean up your a*s before you open up your f**king mouth.Bring it on b*tch!

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                • 7 October 20:20, by The Rhino

                  One people,

                  As the situation on ’blue house’ is on lockdown,your b*tch a*s president Kiir is on his knees begging Ugandan snipers and special forces for solutions and ideas,what an idiot!South Sudan is better off without f**king traitors like Kiir or JCE.We dedicate our sleepless nights for innocent South Sudanese and we’ll surely get down to the bottom of all this shit.Stay tuned!

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                  • 7 October 21:00, by One people

                    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. gay rebel is talking like he can do sume. You will be next in that blue house ya khalp

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                    • 7 October 21:56, by The Rhino

                      One people,

                      Shut up ya himaar!Do you even know who your biological parents are?Last I heard you are a cheap product of a rapist from North Sudan,ooopst!What now, ya ibin shaarmuta!

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