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South Sudan says troops deployment not linked to calls for protests

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South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei (File photo Samir Bol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
May 9, 2019 (JUBA) — South Sudan Information Minister Thursday dismissed rumours that recent deployment of troops in the streets of Juba meant to prevent protests in the capital.

Inspired by the Sudanese revolution that toppled the regime of former President Omer al-Bashir, South Sudanese youth, organized in a group called ’Red Card Movement’ launched calls for protests against President Salva Kiir saying they want regime change.

Michael Makuei, several days ago, warned them saying if they take to the street they should be prepared for the consequences of their action.

However, on Thursday, Makuei said the troops’ deployment has no relation with the planned protests but a routine security measure ahead of the army day celebration.

"We always deploy forces ahead of any celebration as precaution measures, so it is not something strange," said the minister.

The Red Card Movement, which has chosen as a slogan ’Kiir Must Go’, says their protests should be peaceful and non-violent. Also, like the Sudanese protesters, they use social media to mobilize for the protests that should begin on 16 May.

In the same vein, the Movement seeks to mobilize the diasporas outside the country to support the planned protests and to carry out solidarity demonstrations across the world.

South Sudanese officials say the situation in South Sudan is different as the country has just ended a civil war and politicians are working to implement a peace agreement.

Also, counter-protests posts are already posted on the social media accusing foreign hands of being behind the Red Card.

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  • 10 May 07:37, by Joyuma John

    this is a cook up protest, there is no a protest planed by Red Card movement as claimed by the minister. but what is happening is a propensity of government not to inject money for the celebration of SPLA day, which is 16th may, celebrated every year since 1983.

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    • 10 May 12:13, by Malakal county Simon

      Akol Kur is currently under house arrest as he is suspected to carry out a coup against unwanted president and this is the real story on the street juba!! Stay tune gentlemen for more update news soon..

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      • 10 May 14:29, by garrak1520

        Makeui does not think, not fit as information minister and government spokesman. As for Akol Kur, quiet normal, his direct boss and the boss of his direct boss, both need to join him in the hole or blue house as it is called. People must rise to get these leeches out of office. No more blood to suck. Time to enjoy the freedom you fought for almost 50 years.

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        • 10 May 14:37, by jubaone

          garak1520,
          Demonstrations are democratic systems, rebellions are for totalitarian systems. It is utterly stupid for the RCM (Red Card Movement) to urge the youths to now go to the streets. They will get killed. RCM should facilitate the youths to pick up guns and rebel. Human life doesnt matter to the regime. Get killed or kill during fighting but not be slaughtered like goats.

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      • 10 May 14:45, by jubaone

        Malakal county Simon,
        This is jienge ploy and trick to round up all those IOs and other opposition members now in Juba. All this was staged by the JCE and Akol Koor was behind it. Dont fall for this jienge trick. In 2014, they slaughtered their own jienges on the Juba-Yei road and accused Equatorian armed groups. They actually wanted reasons to justify their current terror on Equatorians.

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        • 10 May 15:56, by Eastern

          jubaone,

          The jenges have pushed to death one of their own from the lofty Equatoria Tower in the heart of Juba. The regime fears the Internet more than it fears those armed oppositions combined...!

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          • 10 May 20:44, by jubaone

            Eastern
            Many jienge youth now realize their benydits and bandits have taken them on a dreadful tribal ride. Its upto them to decide what they want. Equatorians are well adviced; join this RCM and get butchered or, join NAS, SSNMC or PDM and fight. Demonstrations are for civilized societies. SS is an open luak designed for human raids and killings

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            • 11 May 05:49, by dinkdong

              I like, "Demonstrations are for civilized societies." That say it all.

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