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Wau students call for change of state leadership


October 4, 2011 (JUBA) – Secondary school students from Wau in Western Bahr el-Ghazal (WBEG) State held a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday calling for new leadership in the local government, South Sudan’s Radio Good News has reported.

The Catholic radio station report that Wau’s demonstration contrasted with the damage of property at the State Education Ministry in Lakes State on Monday when Rumbek National School students held a violent demonstration.

The Wau students said they were demonstrating over rising food costs and poor services in the state. The protest began around 10 am with security forces already prepared for the threat.

At John Paul Catholic School students fled from their classrooms when armed police entered the premise using teargas.

One student told that they had heard gunshots within the school. Shocked by the incident many of the young students took refuge in a nearby Churches.

For the whole of Tuesday all markets in Wau town were closed due to the demonstrations.

South Sudan has accused Khartoum of the blocking the world’s newest international border since the region seceded from Sudan in July. This has forced dramatic price rises especially states near the border like Western Bahr el Ghazal.

In September the two countries agreed to establish ten entry check points in order to facilitate the movement for goods and people. Landlocked South Sudan has to import almost all of its food and other goods including petrol through its and transport it over its poor infrastructure.

Student protests are not uncommon in Rumbek and Wau. In December 2010 students at Bahr el Ghazal university went on strike over power cuts.

In May this year students from Yirol West of Lakes state stoned an government office after one of their teachers was transferred to Juba. Rumbek students went on strike ahead of South Sudan’s independence in July demanding they sit the East African examination rather than Sudanese exams.


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  • 5 October 2011 06:33, by Anyangaliec

    Do it peacefully and don’t go rage guys, since it’s unworthy and dangerous path to go for. Be mature enough to know what you’re for and where it could learned you. Otherwise, goodluck!

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  • 5 October 2011 09:06, by Wen Tek

    What happened yesterday in Wau was not a peaceful demonstration but a public and political agitation.Why would the students who claimed to be demonstrating against rising food and fuel prices call for leadership change? Are prices only rising in Western Bahr El-Ghazal? Let us call spade a spade.The hands behind those demonstrators must be identified and brought to book.

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    • 5 October 2011 10:00, by gangura

      what Minister of Higher Educaiton is thinking of? when he see problems going like that.

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    • 5 October 2011 10:14, by Malou Manyiel

      Strike is a passing message from the public to the authorities concern in case something went wrong. Knowing our little infrastructure that we South Sudanese have, we should not make violence demonstration which cause damages but peaceful one with the clear message. A powerful generator donated by president Kiir was damaged in the strike in Rumbek E.county which would have provide power in town.

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    • 5 October 2011 10:26

      Dear Wen Tek

      its their right to Make peace full Demonstrator and call for Government Change in west bash el gazal if no good Administration what do u except for them to do next .
      they can call for change .the High price is every where but government have to do something .like they are not all from west bash El Gazal who are studies in Wau and there is high price of food so its their right bro

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    • 5 October 2011 10:53, by maasai

      peacefull demonstration’s away to draw attention to wat ever you think government should take immediate action, bt should be controll by police in respectful manner by using teargas and protect themselves using their on shields. I felt sad indeed since i witness the incident myself, SPLA were firing/shoting scaring childern which resulted to so injuries and innocient charcoal seller was shut dead.

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    • 6 October 2011 17:52, by Emma

      what happen in Wau is a direct massage to the president of the now born nation, and all the state leaderships, I can blame the students for what has happen, I think they have right,

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  • 5 October 2011 09:58, by jur_likang_a_1

    I think agriculture as a subject should be introduced to these secondary school kids so that they become self reliant on food materials. No body should be blamed to their being hungry. Laziness should be discouraged.

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    • 5 October 2011 14:19, by Wengedi

      It is too early for the newly independent country to resort back to such acts of signs of war, President wake up! stand up! or public will wake up? as experienced the continuation of Domos.
      As per Rumbek National S.Secondary School,no doubts that SPLM secratry and Rumbk Leg.assembly were vigilant to students challenges and they were consulted peacefully about the challenges.

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  • 5 October 2011 15:52, by Wengedi

    Rumbek students are not blame at this point of recent Domo. "the school was been closed indirectly rather then closing it again" as minister announced
    They children of poor,they come out to cry not shouting of noise! understand what the demands instead of blunt tongue used by SPLM secretary by asking sdnts that are you SPLM’s children? this proof,the ruling elements sons $ daughtors are schoolin

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  • 5 October 2011 15:56, by Akuma

    I am sorry for the lost of life of the charcoal seller if real news dear Maasai. Me I should blame Rumbek students who came all the way and introduce this system since arabs still with us in Wau. Strike, strike just like that. The schools like Sunday 2nd-dary school, John Paul, Rumbek 2nd-dary school in Wau always do this unlawfully. I am not against anyone but you should transform students, thi

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  • 6 October 2011 09:31

    Are this students been tought really? if so, who do not know situation since Republic of South Sudan is still introducing herself. It is amute that somebody claiming his/her right being student must fill and even judge it. Why is it so much like that in Rumbek, you are claiming high expenses caused by up prices, and on other hand you are causing losses which led to the same thing.

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