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Pro-SPLM youth group condemns “coup attempt”

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December 17, 2013 (JUBA) – A youth group linked to South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party has strongly condemned Sunday’s “coup attempt” in the capital, Juba.

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Members of the concerned group for restructuring of the SPLM youth league at a press conference in Juba on March 22, 2012 (ST)

Continuous gunfire rocked the city after a group, allegedly loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar, attacked a military base in Juba, before they were repulsed by pro-government forces.

The SPLM concerned youth group, in a statement, said those who defended the nation did so with “bravery” and “unmatched” commitment.

“We pray to God to provide their families with the necessary strength to endure. Our prayers are also with the innocent civilians who were caught up the crossfire,” partly reads the statement.

At least 13,000 people, the United Nations said, are currently holed up within their premises after the violence that broke up in Juba.

Meanwhile, the group urged youth all over the country to refrain from engaging in acts of violence and that they should allow to be used by “misguided” politicians as tools of evil.

“The future belongs to us and we must not allow it to be destroyed”, noted the statement, signed by its chairperson, Agel Ring Machar.

“We also appeal to all politicians within and out of the SPLM who have leadership ambitions however legitimate to pursue them through democratic means,” it added.

On Tuesday, South Sudan government announced it had arrested 10 of its former senior officials in connection with the incident, which has left over 60 dead and hundreds wounded.

It however said four others, including Machar remain at large.

“We call on these leaders to refrain from inciting soldiers against the state and their commander-in-chief for their own selfish political gains”, the statement, extended to Sudan Tribune, stressed.

We the SPLM-concerned youth group rejects in totality the notion and culture of using violence as a means to attain, retain or transfer power, it added.

President Salva Kiir, the group said, was the “democratically” elected leader of the country and that those vying for his position should wait for the ballot, not with bullets.

"The conflict is not between the Dinka and Nuer, but between government and those who lost power in the July reshuffle. We urge security forces to act with restrain in order to avoid the conflict from taking an ethnic dimension", Agel said on Tuesday.

The young nation is expected to hold its first post-independence elections in 2015, despite fears of possible delays in the process.

(ST)

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  • 18 December 2013 04:59, by Tutbol

    Good job boys and girls. Not everyone is happy with Kiir, but he should be voted out comes 2015 and not by violent. Now we have lost 60 young men because of a few out of touch power hungry individuals. It is not about Dinka & Nuer or Shilluk, but between silly guys who we don’t even want to elect comes 2015 because they are all no gooders. Thanks to James Hoth Mai, reasonable as always. Kiir....

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    • 18 December 2013 05:09, by Tutbol

      should consider him as his alternative, Guys like him are very useful in a community like ours. These senior SPLM members should know better that the ministerial post are always for the president to chose. He can chose whoever he wants in his executive & if you are left out. Then you can serve electorate as an MP...But our elders want to be everything at the same time---shame!

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  • 18 December 2013 05:16, by kaci-banno

    condemnation after unplanned hate press conference never heal the wounds caused by so called republican guards. lairs Youth should direct condemnation to the president for his action of killing innocent Nuer, children and women in Juba. this kind of evil action will never go unpunished and president will pay that price.

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  • 18 December 2013 05:41, by Bentiu son

    Kiir’s bought Dinkas youths shut up.What kind of security forces restrain order are you talking about? The conflict had had already taken its ethnic dimension seriously.Do you know idiot Agel Ring Machar that about 2000 Nuer civilians elderly men/women,youths n children had been murdered in cold blood by Salva Kiir’s Guelweng militias? Salva Kiir’s ordered his militias most of whom from Dinka Rek

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    • 18 December 2013 05:47, by Bentiu son

      of Warap to carried out ethnic cleansing against Nuer due to his political rivalry with Nuer son Dr Riek Machar Teny. We the Nuer will response such aggressive behavior badly.It clear now that Dinka Rek declare war officially with entire Nuer community.Mind you cowards just celebrate now but tomorrow you will cry for century that Nuer make genocide against Dinka Rek.You idiots started it now!!!!!

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      • 18 December 2013 21:56, by kumkan

        There is no way we should waste our time listening to these blind youth whom are bribe by Salva and his likes... Since when did Salva and his corrupted government cares about youth’s concern? Salvador has cause all of this mess so he better fixed, therefore, you should not stand up for these thugs.

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