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South Sudan government organizes anti-peace demonstration

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August 21, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government under the leadership of president Salva Kiir and a section of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), have organized a demonstration seeking support against provisions in the regional mediated peace deal to end over 20 months long conflict with armed opposition faction led by former vice-president, Riek Machar.

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S. Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar (R) and SPLM SG Pagan Amum during the signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, August 17, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

The government organized the protest in many towns in the states of Bahr el Ghazal, ostensibly in Lakes, Warrap, North and Western Bahr el Ghazal states.

Activists and peace advocates say these demonstrations against the peace agreement were mainly organized by anti-peace personalities in the government and organizations, many of whom were deliberately formed in opposition to the peace agreement that calls for comprehensive reforms and accountability.

In some state and counties in Bahr el Ghazal region, demonstrations were organized by the state and local administrations. The region saw the biggest mobilization of protest sponsored by the government last week in Wau, Kuacjok, Aweil and Rumbek, respectively.

The High Coordination Committee of the party leagues announced on Thursday that it was alerting members of the general public to turn out and participate in the scheduled protest against the peace.

Some of the provisions which the group rejected, according Simon Machar, secretary- general of the government sponsored organization committee, include power sharing, demilitarization of the national capital, Juba, and consultations at the presidency.

He claimed the organizing committee was comprised of members from the teachers, lawyers, farmers, women, and students.

Machar said they were rejecting the agreement being imposed on them by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and treated it as a conspiracy against their political will as sovereign state.

The group also denounced the presence of the United Nations mission in the country, claiming its presence was part of neo colonialism.

“We denounce presence of UNMISS in our republic and therefore we demand their forces to evacuate our republic. We rejected neo-colonialism in our country,” he said.

Deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Peter Bashir Gbandi, told reporters on Thursday that president Kiir was expected to address the nation. He did not attend the rally organized by members of his administration.

Observers say the absence could be related to the telephone conversation he had with US secretary of state John Kerry during which he pledged to sign the peace deal within 15 days of consultation.

The rally was addressed by senior SPLM party officials, including secretary for political affairs, Antipas Nyok, deputy foreign affairs minister, Peter Bashir Gbandi, former deputy minister of interior, General Salva Mathok Gengdit and many other leading officials, all of whom supported the decision of the president to not sign the agreement, claiming it undermines national sovereignty.

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  • 21 August 2015 23:49, by sudani ana

    "The government organized the protest in many towns in the states of Bahr el Ghazal, ostensibly in Lakes, Warrap, North and Western Bahr el Ghazal states."

    In other words all the Dinka dominated states. SS has become so polarized It’s in real danger of breaking up into two or three states.

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    • 22 August 2015 00:19, by South South

      Sudani ana,

      You are very stupid. Western Bahr el Gazal State is not dominated by Dinka. Check you facts stupid man in table cloth. I think you are only good at "Gatha Jamara", which you enjoy everyday,5 times a day.

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      • 22 August 2015 06:23, by Mi diit

        Government of Salvatore Kiir Miyerdit is a confused administration as usual. Everyone says whatever he or she likes without proper analysis.

        Soon you will see this cowboy president going to Addis Ababa with his tail between his legs to sign the peace deal despite these protests he organized against the very peace deal.

        Pathetic!

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  • 21 August 2015 23:51, by lino

    Brother Gen. Kiir, you have to sign in 15 days as claimed or you are dead-man walking!!!
    No any demonstration or rally is going to help any more; it is over. Do you think Bashir of Sudan idiot? Whey they never walked out of CPA signing and leave Dr. John to sign alone? NCP calculated the consequences and flowed with reality but you cowboys are going to feel the punch in 3 weeks to come. Prepare OK

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    • 22 August 2015 08:25, by Nyesi Ta

      Brother Lino, do you think this idiot called Kiir Al Awiir can calculate. Whatever this man does is always a step towards self destruction. The man does not even know that there will be consequences if he fails to sign within 15 days and there will also be consequences if he signs and does not implement the agreement to the letter. By design, there shall never be an escape route. Period!

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  • 22 August 2015 01:50, by Eastern

    The so called anti peace demonstration in Juba was entirely a dinka affair; it ended miserably.

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  • 22 August 2015 02:55, by Kenyang

    Don’t forget to clean South Sudan of Sudantribune agents. They are equal enemy.

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  • 22 August 2015 04:01, by Developer

    Salva Kiir with his Dinka supporters who are trying to demonstrate against IGAD plus peace negotiations are too late to block peace process. Kiir must go and sign it or he will face severe penalties from the AU and international communities. There is no more rooms for the shameful sancterian Dinka elders talk now.

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  • 22 August 2015 07:02, by bianaathling

    Salva,and some of his wrong advises are feeling the heat.u must to sign apeace,otherwise what had happened in Ivorycost and libyia one thing among these countries will automatically happen to u.

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  • 22 August 2015 07:07, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The government of Dinka has killed an astronomical number of innocent South Sudanese under the so called Sovereign state of South Sudan. They have to be ready this time to confront the world community in order to continue with their devilish government in Juba. The world is telling them to be human beings once again.

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    • 22 August 2015 20:33, by Kenyang

      Jur---,
      Again, you people will be "waiting for long time" if last hope is pinned on other countries. No country will invade South Sudan and definitely sanction will do little. Threat or sanction can’t bring peace nor will it be on your favor. Having point that out, don’t hang yourself, at least yet.

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  • 22 August 2015 19:51, by Jojo

    The organize anti peace was attended only by the DINKAS here in Juba which was ashamed for them to talk in the names of other tribes.
    Kiir said he is coming to consult the South Sudan citizen instead he consulted the Jieng elders and they organized anti peace protest which bore one sided flag which was not enough to present the complete S. Sudan flag.

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