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South Sudan’s president caution against planned protests

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir have caution against planned protest’s, saying any forceful attempts to snatch power in the country would be met with “violent resistance”.

n the past two weeks, a new group calling itself the Red Card Movement has been circulating calls online for a protest on Thursday with the hashtags #KiirMustGo and #SouthSudanUprising, with organizers appearing to be based mostly in the diaspora.

he movement appears to be inspired by street protests in neighboring Sudan which led to the overthrown of president Omar al-Bashir.

Kiir said “The way to stability in South Sudan is through democracy and democratic elections, and this is what we fought for and we will not compromise it,”

Last week security on the streets of Juba has been back up. and officials have said this was unrelated to the planned protests, but was in preparation for a public holiday Thursday celebrating those who took up arms in the fight for independence from Sudan, achieved in 2011.

Major-General Lul Ruai Koang who is the Army spokesman said that the celebrations had been postponed by a week for “final touches” to preparations.

“The security deployment and all sorts of security arrangements (are) to provide maximum security and safety for the people during the celebrations,” he added.

Independent radio station Eye Radio reported Wednesday that some Juba residents had woken up to security officers going house to house searching for guns.

South Sudanese activist Keluel Agok, now living in Kampala, is among those calling for the protests. and he also said “If you want to an end the impunity please come out on 16th May 2019 to restore liberty, justice and unity in South Sudan,”

South Sudan plunged into civil war in 2013 after Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup against him.

The war has left 380,000 people dead and forced more than four million South Sudanese — almost a third of the population — to flee their homes.

A peace deal signed in September 2018 has largely stopped fighting, but implementation has run aground and the planned formation of a unity government on May 12 was  postponed for six months.

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