September 29, 2013 (RUMBEK) – Authorities in South Sudan’s Lakes state have detained at least 23 people in connection with Friday’s violent demonstration in its Yirol West County.
- Yirol West County lawmaker David Deng Athorbei (ST)
Area administrators, teachers, chiefs, hospital staff and a soldier are reportedly among those being detained for questioning.
Friday’s protest started when authorities blocked David Deng Athorbei, the area lawmaker in the national assembly from addressing a gathering in which he was invited as chief guest.
The event had been planned for Yirol Boys primary school, at which a bull was to be slaughtered as part of the ceremony organised by the school management.
Eyewitnesses accused Yirol West commissioner Majak Ruei Angong for allegedly ordering arrests of protestors after they destroyed his office, although this could not independently be verified.
Meanwhile, Sudan Tribune has reliably learned that at least eight teachers from Yirol Boys school, including their head teacher, are among the detainees.
The headmaster was said to be in a critical condition after being given several lashes.
A security officer, who requested anonymity, said they are simply acting on orders of the governor, through the area commissioner.
“Yes, we [have] beaten them [protestors] and we arrested them as the commissioner required”, he said, adding that the area police inspector is also being questioned in connection with the destruction of the commissioner’s office.
Below is a list of those detained;
Executive Director, Thon Rengu Majhok
Town Clerk, Mayom Riak
Police Inspector, named not provided
Deputy town clerk, name not provided
Mabor Magak Kachol, payam administrator for Mapuordit
Awad Mahuod Abdulla, taxation officer
Mabui Ajuong, Sergeant major for army (SPLA)
Mangar Maker Athorbei, Town court member
Makur Buong Ayher, member of special court
Anyak Telar Anyuon, Protocol officer
James Mayor Ayeu, teacher Yirol Boys primary
Peter Bec Amuom, teacher Yirol Boys primary
Moses Majur Kon, teacher Yriol Boys primary
Akec Mayen Apoon, teacher Yirol Boys primary
Michael Madhieu Anhiem, teacher Yirol Boys primary
Makur Adut, teacher Yirol Boy primary
Galung Makur Akec, Teacher Yirol Boy primary
Luka Abuok Dut, teacher Yirol Boy primary
James Mabor IKau, head teacher Yirol Boy primary
Macuei Makoi, Yirol West Youth Association chairman
Makuei Jacob Chagai, paramount chief Anuol payam
Balang Telar Apadier, Executive chief, Anuol payam
Angelo Achol Nhial, staff of Yirol hospital