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SPLA denies killing civilians in Wau protest

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December 11, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army, known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), has denied involvement in the recent killings of civilians in the Western Bhar el Ghazal’s capital, Wau, following a violent protest in the area.

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A soldier of the SPLA waiting amongst acacia trees at the front lines just north of Heglig (file/Getty)

Dozens of civilians were reported killed in the two-day protests which were triggered by an administrative decision of the state governor, Rizik Zechariah Hassan, to transfer the headquarters of Wau County to a different location outside the town.

The reports, some quoting the United Nations officials, have implicated the SPLA in the killings.

The SPLA’s head of information and public relations department Malaak Ayuen Ajok, however denied the allegation and instead said the police were responsible for the killings.

Malaak in a televised statement on the national television, SSTV, on Tuesday said the civilians were killed in self-defense when they laid ambushes twice to police convoys, throwing stones at the police and burning a number of vehicles on the road.

He blamed the Balanda tribe in Wau for resisting the relocation of the administrative unit and causing the havoc which resulted in the killings.

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  • 12 December 2012 07:17, by Alier

    The question of whether or not the SPLA did the killing in Wau is very simple to find out. First of all, is the soldier identified? Second of all, is he on the SPLA roster or payroll? Whoever knows the answers to both of these questions; know exactly who is responsible for the killing!

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    • 12 December 2012 08:25, by Bentiu Elite

      Those killed are khartoum MILITIAS armed with some AK47 supported with stones. Khartoum has hand in WAU protest . You can not remove democratically elected goverment (headed by SPLA commander) with AK47 ...you should do the opposite..
      SPLA OYEEE
      God Bless South Sudan.

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      • 12 December 2012 09:53, by The Republic of South Sudan

        Dear the so call Bentiu idiot,
        Your father (Salva kiir) has failed you and you are blaming Kartuom. Why on earth the protesters are shot in the first place? This unprofessional army are trained to eliminate citizens who tell the truth. Abraham who beats the drum of truth has been killed. Taban Deng killed children and women in 2009 using the same illiterate commanders and no one was arrested

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    • 12 December 2012 10:49, by Kurnyel

      SPLA has no meaning atall, it was a cover up name forged by Garang to blackmailed central Sudan people against the blessing regimes in Khartoum.

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  • 12 December 2012 07:18, by Jalaby

    Both of you are criminals (SPLA + Police), your hands are full of innocent people blood!
    You both can compete over who has the higher number of records in killing and assassinating innocent civilians people!!

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    • 12 December 2012 07:53, by Ruach

      Gay: Wash your dirty ass and mouth full of dirty thing! Your fungy smell has made u mad! South Sudan is not among failed States like Sudan.Our gov’t doesn’t treat civilians in the same way like Bashir! Who is the most wanted man in the world for his crimes against humanity? Bashir!

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    • 12 December 2012 09:14, by South Dengjok

      Dear Me,
      Useless Jalaba that only see wat gonna on in S.Sudan and ai,t see wat gonna a head in ur corrupted country Sudan,likewise killing of Darfurian students by ur Goverment that r polices or Soldiers and arresting of Big Goverment officials dat include thalagon which is violating of the right of other parties ,u r useless failure country from the world ,u r still backward,u all Arab countries.

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    • 12 December 2012 14:09, by mohamed mahgoub

      J. are u talking a bout Sudan or South Sudan lool

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  • 12 December 2012 07:19, by wang

    There are big differences between SPLA and Police and those journalists must have to know that before they air their reports. Both worn differences uniforms and drive differences cars. The authorities at the Western Bhar el Ghazal have owed SPLA an apology

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    • 12 December 2012 07:37, by Thorbanat

      SPLA should not deny, they kill the 25 civilians and it is wrong for an SPLA spokesmen to blame (Balanda) for resisting the orders. The State government has no right to order Local Government to leave Wau town because they are the one who made Wau what it is now. Everybody knows that SPLA soldiers have a bad tactics of using police uniform when they are doing certain dirty things.

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      • 12 December 2012 07:41, by Thorbanat

        SPLA has borrowed Museveni’s dirty tricks of dealing with civilians and this must stop otherwise the government is forcing the community to a rock which could backfire if not handled carefully. This mentality of SPLA soldiers using police uniform for certain activity must be stop. I know this and no body can deny that SPLA soldiers in numerous occasions have been seen wearing police uniform.

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  • 12 December 2012 07:24, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (Pres. Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it. On top of that, President Kiir was elected by people and he will be changed through vote if citizens of South Sudan decided democratically.

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  • 12 December 2012 07:40, by Mike Mike

    The civilians or protesters have no right to prevent the govt not to carryout it plans within the country.That is the first time for such kind of poor approach to occured and at this juncture police/SPLA forces whom were deployed to protects govt properties have legal right to defend themselves if protesters acted aggressively toward them.Its mentioned in SS constitution that towns be taken to ppl

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  • 12 December 2012 07:50, by littlejimmy

    Dear Fool. Jalaaba
    A girl was allegedly raped by three army officers in the area of Abu Zereiga in North Darfur on Monday, 10 December,
    They said that after assaulting the victim, the officers stabbed her in both breasts and hands, and broke her ribs. The girl was reportedly brought to a hospital in El-Fasher in coma.According to relatives. is this crime or not tell me mother fucker?

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  • 12 December 2012 09:25, by master

    south sudanese
    the problem of south sudan is the people them selvse as well as gov
    they want to replace both gov (fully) & huge part of people ( importing people from outside)
    i am not mocking but this is reallty

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  • 12 December 2012 10:17, by sudani

    those who are reporting irresponsiblly should be held acountable. I heard the wau state gov’t has owed an aoplogy to the SPLA and UN report that two SPLA souldiers are admitted in wau teaching hospital wounded with bullets.
    who shot them if those demonstators were not Armed? there was a report that a police man was bruned yesterday and is admitted in the wau hospital. I doubt, they are maltias

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  • 12 December 2012 10:26, by The Republic of South Sudan

    Dear All
    I don’t blame SPLA forces to killed the protesters.The Western Bahr el Ghazal Communities (Balanda, Baggari,Lou, Ndogo, Kresh and Bai) are stupid in such a way that they were made slave by Dinka.I even learn that there is a place call Aweil in Wau,
    To make the matter worse Lou accept to be call Jur chol or black foreigner in their own country, that is ridiculous! Go ahead Dinka,kill them

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    • 12 December 2012 16:35, by Mou

      This person under the name of the Republic of South Sudan got to be professional. You can’t use the name of the country and tarnish it with filthy language. how about Bilfam, Naivasha,etc in Juba? is Juba part of Ethiopia or Kenya? Going as far as calling ethnic groups as stupid is not normal and you better be checked and asked to correct your language.

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  • 12 December 2012 16:55, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (Pres. Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it. On top of that, President Kiir was elected by people and he will be changed through vote if citizens of South Sudan decided democratically.

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  • 12 December 2012 16:55, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (Pres. Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it. On top of that, President Kiir was elected by people and he will be changed through vote if citizens of South Sudan decided democratically.

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  • 12 December 2012 22:22, by Eastern

    I have always said that SPLM/A is used to denails and coercion (through taalimats to civilains). They killed people and now they are denying that the Balanda youth are to blame. What is so important in creating towns in villages that do not want towns anyway? Is Garang’s ideas have to be taken as the Gosple truth? Was Garang/SPLM/A all-knowing? Get serious!!!

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  • 13 December 2012 02:04, by Peter Nhiany

    Commrade Malaak Ayuen, with all due respect, whatever the police did can justified their action. You have to look at the balance of powers. Compare stones and guns and see what is wrong. This should not blame on civilians. Using live bullets in attempt to dispersed the protest is not acceptable and who ordered the police to shoot must be well interrogated for what transpired his move. Thank you

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  • 13 December 2012 02:28, by ANYANYA1

    Dear All, I don’t think that is good Ideas to the SPLA / Police of South Sudan to kill there own civilian that way, using gun to there own civilian. I believe SPLA army or Police are there to procter the Civilian of there own Country not to Kill, if they kept killing there own civilian what the reason the use those unforms or called themselves government South Sudan, Government have to understand.

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  • 13 December 2012 02:29, by ANYANYA1

    Dear All, I don’t think that is good Ideas to the SPLA / Police of South Sudan to kill there own civilian that way, using gun to there own civilian. I believe SPLA army or Police are there to procter the Civilian of there own Country not to Kill, if they kept killing there own civilian what the reason the use those unforms or called themselves government South Sudan, Government have to understand.

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