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October 31, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan Police dressed in riot gear allegedly fired live bullets at student protesters throwing stones and using knives after a demonstration over land ownership turned violent on Wednesday.

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Police captain Barnaba Mamer speaking to media at Juba Day Secondary, October 31, 2012 (ST

No deaths have been reported although authorities says more than 30 have sustained injuries on both sides, as riot police beat several student demonstrators with truncheons during a conflict sparked by a fire which engulfed property including construction materials.

Several demonstrators claim police pinned them to the ground with knees and batons pressed against their necks.

Sudan Tribune was at the scene. It saw four injured police officers and several organisers of the “unauthorized” protest detained. Police say they confiscated knives thrown at them during the skirmishes. 

Two of the protesters told Sudan Tribune say they were protesting against the “sale of part of the school”.

“We sent two letters but they decided to ignore. One of these letters went to the minister of education just last week. We explained everything in the letter we sent to the minister. We talked about lack of learning spaces, the expansion of the school and the need to place for football and volley ball. We also talked about the need to have a space set up as a clinic and more toilets because we have limited toilets now”, Sebit Alfred, a spokesperson of the protesters told Sudan Tribune as he fled school compound on Wednesday. 

Alfred called on fellow students to “take back our schools".

He claimed that the majority of his colleagues injured during the protests were taken to private hospitals because they fear they will be arrested if they are admitted into the public health system.

“Some were shot and others were hurt as they were trying to run because police were shooting at us. They were using live bullets. They shot my class teacher as he was coming from the office and my bench mate”, he said.

Alfred claimed 24 students were injured and 14 arrested. Some were then released because they were found to not have participated in the protest.

An anonymous protestor told Sudan Tribune that they took to the streets “not only to say that we do not accept these tricks, but also to bring to the attention of the public the problems of the school.”

One student protester and a teacher who sustained gunshot injuries have been admitted at Juba teaching hospital. Police authorities say 10 police officers sustained injuries and have been admitted to the police hospital. 

Barnaba Mamer, a police officer who was at the scene, told reporters that they students “have destroyed a lot of property. They have set fire to a container with construction materials and started attacking rescue police forces who wanted to contain the situation.”

He also claimed that the students were using knives and stones, resulting in an, as yet, unknown number of injuries.

Police spokesperson James Sunday, told reporters later in the day that he was not aware of the dispute between school administration and the state ministry of physical infrastructure and said 10 police soldiers were injured while trying to contain the violence from spreading into the town.

He denied the claim that some police officers sustained injuries during the protesters but accepted some of the students were arrested in connection to the protest in which he said a lot of property and buildings have been damaged.

David Lowela Lodu Modi, director general of the Central Equatoria Ministry of Education, attributed the clash to a row in which Juba Day, a secondary school in Juba, Central Equatoria state, which is contesting the ownership of land with the state ministry of physical infrastructure. Modi said the land being contested was a “reserve” following a survey carried by the state ministry of physical infrastructure and the school administration was informed by both the education and physical infrastructure ministries.

“The fight is over an open space south of Juba Day Secondary School. The ministry of physical infrastructure conducted a survey along that area and found out the land was not part of the school so it decided to make it a reserve. The school was informed. The ministry of physical infrastructure to the school headmaster last year,” Modi told Sudan Tribune in his office on Wednesday.

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Police putting out fire set on property in the contested plot of Juba Day (...) Police captain Barnaba Mamer speaking to media at Juba Day Secondary, (...) David Lowela Lodu Modi, director general of Central Equatoria Ministry of (...)
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  • 1 November 2012 08:01, by Dinkawarrior

    Who told students to be involved over the land issues? Their objectives are to educated themselves not to be in politics, they’re all guilty and they must bear consequences if one or more were cought in middle of violence.

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    • 1 November 2012 08:24, by Sir King

      Dinkawarior, I am sorry for your saying. I expect you to be a soundminded person, however I find you the same like your poor leader Mayardit who is driving this country to nowhere. So which part of this world can police shoot and kill innocent underage secondary and primary students and pupils; only this stupid leadership of Mayardit. A man of no priniciple, a man who failed even at his own house,

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      • 1 November 2012 10:09, by Dinkawarrior

        Sir King!
        I didn’t mean them to be killed but to bear punishment. I am sure some of those students were drived by the policians to do such a thing. The school authority can raise this complains not students, they’re wrong for so many things like the way they’re using knives to protest, destroying some residents properties, and being aggressive to polic. What do you expect polic to do??

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        • 1 November 2012 10:21, by Dinkawarrior

          Anyway, we all know that our leaders are care for themselves. There is no reason why they sell every piece of land for their personnel use. Investigation must be done inorderly to satisfied the public otherwise we will continue beating the bush without knowing the cause. let’s just wait and see who is behind???

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      • 1 November 2012 10:18, by Diu J.Kuek

        Sir King
        Thanks you so much brother I hope you will be a man of vision I am wishing you for the bright future
        may God bless,

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    • 1 November 2012 11:27, by Whortti Bor Manza

      The failure of South Sudan is clearly minifested in the CES. A terminally sick governor clinging to power till his last gasping. Officials in CES want to make money at any cost. Where on earth can you sell a school compound to a private investor. Three schools in such a small area: Juba commercial, Supiri and Juba day. Oh dear south Sudanese get rid of these government of Kiir.

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    • 1 November 2012 12:49, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      South Sudanese police look ever wild,like not police,police suspose to be more friendly.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 1 November 2012 12:49, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      South Sudanese police look ever wild,like not police,police suspose to be more friendly in ther appearance.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 2 November 2012 00:54, by omoni jr.

      Folks,
      what do you expect from this ruthless and harsh administration,I actually dont blame the president for this incident..But his arrogants and primitive tribe are the one to be blamed. where the hell on world police use live rounds to the peaceful protestants? And matter fact these are students demanding their rights,and police or thugs should have not used maximum force to the children,so

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      • 2 November 2012 01:05, by omoni jr.

        Dinka police are Not should supposed to be deploy in Juba city,they are supposed to be depoly in Abyei,Pibor,and Heglig,so that they can use live round to the really enemy like messeriya,Nuer,or whoever they want to kill over there.
        But Not here in Equatoria soil. when North Bhar gazel resident protesting,Dinka police shot the live round to air,just scared the protesters,If it’s Equatorians Dinka

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        • 2 November 2012 01:14, by omoni jr.

          Police shot them without mercy,I ask the people of the greater Equatoria to reject the deployment of Dinka and Nuer in our belove states,the children are being killed,tortured,and maimed in our siol,and our intellectuals are weaken by Dinka,and they become puppets to followed what they say,

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          • 2 November 2012 01:32, by omoni jr.

            The children were targeted by the really enemy of Equatoria,and it is Not about prostesting,it is about a deep enemity and hatred toward Equatorians people,Imagine,student who injured were denied medical treatment,because they scared ,might get poisoned by Dinka ill-nurses,or fake Doctors like Majak Agoot...where on earth National police rushed to school and kill students?????????????

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            • 2 November 2012 03:31, by omoni jr.

              Equatorian people must ready to combat and eradicate this cancer through all kind of death tactics till Dinka dogs became tamed.
              The question is , what is different between sudan Arabs and Dinka in term of killing innocent people? It was happened some months ago when pupils in Nyala,Darfur,prostesting,and they were killed mercilesly by thugs who posed themselves as policemen/women.The same shit h

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              • 2 November 2012 03:39, by omoni jr.

                con...happened here in Juba,wild dogs with their ugly marks on face attempted murder,and No body give damn or investigate to find out what was really happen? why the police open the fire? were the students trying to attacked the police? How many children were involved in protesting? And where was the school administration during the time of protesting?? No body asked all these queries....

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  • 1 November 2012 08:36, by Peter Marko

    It is sad indeed that some students as well as policemen were injured. Student must know that violently protesting while holding knives in their hands is not acceptable. Policemen have every right to defend themselves whenever they feel their lives is being endangered by those who holding knives or gun. Why do not students use stone instead of knives? .....

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    • 1 November 2012 08:38, by Peter Marko

      Most importantly, how could these corrupt officials sold out a land that is a part of the school. Shame on you, big corrupt fat cats. Educating our children must be a first priority.

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      • 1 November 2012 08:59, by Joseph Canada

        there’s no way the Police can open gunfire into student, even to the striking Civilians, this is the sign of a very poor and remote leadership. It’s either that or the leaders just hate Education and preferred forceful warning to the Nation. Some of you are seen here to support this. we know who you are and we are watching u.

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      • 1 November 2012 08:59, by Nibs

        What a bunch of idiots we have got in this country!students are suppose to attend classes,try to understand what is being taught and not to indulge in other issues such as school expansion.the teachers are responsible for this mess.they have lead students astray.

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  • 1 November 2012 08:58, by Madiak

    Sir King
    U are very right Kir is a most foolish leader in the world’ his foolishness is that he was advised by his enemies advisors 2 give away our land and he did not know. And he forgot that we are the most people bind him as he is not wanted in s.Sudan he did not stop there but he went and spoke the white lie infront of the army that Aweilian are the coward people’which no one can believe.

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  • 1 November 2012 09:35, by Frank Man

    This can always be expected in a banch of Dranken men who wear uniform and carry fire arms claiming to be police officers (law enforcers) .
    The truth is, very few of the personel in the S. Sudan police service are fit as police men. The rest are drankards, too old to work, and them selves criminal Majority of them lack the most basic formal education to be able to read the laws they should enforc

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    • 1 November 2012 20:35, by Hardball

      Frank Man, please review your writing, you seems not informed enough either to be insulting others of less education when you appears to have no distinction with anyone of them! Just because you said someone else is not educated doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on the sophisticated column on the other side!

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  • 1 November 2012 09:50, by littlejimmy

    That is ridiculous, how can students protest about the land. i can,t blame the studnts.that’s what we call Equatorians stupidity. this country has been turned into dustbin by these food-fighters, the Nyam-nyam. tell me fools, what is connect between academic and the land? absolutely rediculous and abmination.

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    • 1 November 2012 12:50, by Baring

      you so call littlemaine
      what did you know about Equatoria, you stupid son gay call gondeng. you just know how to filled your stomch with Arab money hopless tribe. this issue abuot studet what link the whole Equatoria with it? if you dont like Equatoria just leave out of our land we are sick and tired of useless people duting ur city

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  • 1 November 2012 09:51, by Ruach

    Too arrogants,they are killing children

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  • 1 November 2012 12:52, by Frank Man

    Littlejimmy,
    You are truely little in brain as your name says.
    The land, if it is for the school ought to be maintained for that purpose. Selling it will prevent the expansion of the school in some dicades to come.
    The Equatorians, even in as students, are visionary people, not food lovers as u called them. If they were food lovers, they would not protest the sale of their land. Learn sense Nomad

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  • 1 November 2012 19:58, by siddaw

    The police are the rootcause to everything in this mess. Where in the world have the guns been fired to a high school students? Even if they are demostrating with knives. They have to be spared........

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  • 2 November 2012 02:37, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Dinkaworr
    You suck in this website.
    students have right of School land. Not foolishe individual have to sell public school land for thiefs business. School is the main cause we fighting for. Expansion future school need large space with any business closed themis not politics. It is school future development areas

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  • 2 November 2012 03:28, by makur

    What do you expect from this leaders with low iq
    South Sudan will never progress if we keep
    Mayardit in the leadership
    All our leaders in south Sudan ride in those luxurious cars and homes
    While our people are starving

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