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Police in Maridi arrest five youth for destroying flag

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August 16, 2016 (MARIDI) – The police in Maridi county of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state have arrested five youth suspected to have cut down the state flag, which was raised two months ago.

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A youth holds the South Sudanese flag as he waits for the start of independence celebrations in the capital, Juba, on 9 July 2011 (AP)

The flag symbolized Maridi, one of South Sudan’s controversially created states.

Police in Maridi have reportedly launched an investigation into the matter and have vowed to bring those responsible to face justice.

“The state flag which was raised last two months was cut down on Thursday night by unknown people, but the Police arrested five suspects youth who are under investigation now in police custody,” an eyewitness told Sudan Tribune Wednesday.

The incident came months after the state government raised another flag in the same area, despite the challenges of insecurity.

The eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said citizens in the county were now living in fear and panic for the past one week amid report that security agents were hunting rebels suspected to have links with the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar.

Other sources say the state government has cut off all mobile networks in Maridi making it difficult to contact the state authorities. Unconfirmed reports say government soldiers looted civilians’ properties, including food and non-food items in Maridi county.

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  • 18 August 2016 08:10, by Sir King

    Oh my God, look at these unpatriotic greedy foreigners called Equatorians. Why should you cut down the state’s flag. Greediness will send you to hell. I am sorry for you guys. This has been the reason to why you sell you wives and daughter to arabs in Atalabara......

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  • 18 August 2016 08:10, by Sir King

    Oh my God, look at these unpatriotic greedy foreigners called Equatorians. Why should you cut down the state’s flag. Greediness will send you to hell. I am sorry for you guys. This has been the reason to why you sell you wives and daughter to arabs in Atalabara......

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    • 18 August 2016 08:13, by Sir King

      - Unpatriotic Equatorians are really poor in thinking. A living human being with sense can not cut down and burst his sympol. Which means that you don’t know what you are doing. Sorry for Equatorians!

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      • 18 August 2016 08:16, by Sir King

        - And you think you want to lead this nation with such greed and lack of senses. Your work is just to eat and sleep and you don’t want to feel hungry for 20 minutes, that is when you can think childishly and stupidly. Poor creatures indeed. Nyam-nyam!

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        • 18 August 2016 08:21, by Sir King

          - You see, we are responsible. Otherwise you should have time to ask your brothers in Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal to tell you the truth. You are continuing killing MTN or forbid goods and MTN does not revenge

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  • 18 August 2016 19:23, by marie

    Siir so whoever you are. The youth in Maridi understand what they want. They are against the controversial 28 states plan of divide and rule that is being imposed on them. They are not hungry after more bankrupt state. Compare your areas and Equatoria. Ask yourself, why mass immigration to Equatoria, if not for food.

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