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South Sudan protesters carry banners saying country collapsed under President Kiir in Juba on 8 May 2017 (ST Photo)

May 8, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese students Monday took to the streets to protest against the rise in the cost of living. The protesters who were joined by residents in the capital, Juba chanted slogans against President Salva Kiir and carried banners accusing him of collapsing the country.

The protesters said the government was mismanaging the economy as inflation was running at alarming rate. They called for the restoration of subsidies to basic food commodities to dilute the negative impact of the increasing inflation on the population

The national currency, the South Sudanese Pound which was one of the strongest currencies in the region prior to the war in 2013 has depreciated against the US dollar sharply in recent months.

The slump in the currency has led to the price increase of consumer goods, like sugar and fuel. Taxes have also gone up, along with utilities by more than 50%.

Venturing out into the streets of Juba on Monday morning, the protesters chanted and sang combative songs used for unwanted leaders for about an hour creating traffic jams around Juba University. One of the hand-written placards read: “The nation has collapsed under your leadership,” a direct reference to President Kiir.

“A protester warned the resumption of the march if no immediate attention was taken. People are suffering, they have tolerated a lot since 2013. They want peace to come but it seems the government is comfortable with the war that is why the prices are rising. The presidency of Salva Kiir is hanging by a thread and I am afraid he will continue with the do nothing policy,” he said.

This comes after President Kiir had a heated exchange with the Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth over the use of state assets in the communal fight in favour of a section of ethnic Dinka youth who invaded a neighbouring ethnic Murle.

It has been alleged that the objective of the march was to recover the stolen cows and the children abducted by members of ethnic Murle.

It is still unclear as to how the cows were stolen or how many children were abducted and in which months or year the incident occurred.

(ST)

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  • 8 May 22:50, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Your noiseing chanting screaming slogans will not help.We citizens are the one who have failed our nations.With dirty turn left turn right,turn back go a head instructions!we are just watching and monitoring the fluctuation of the dollars.These capitalist way of living, should not be adopted by new nation like yourselves.when we were students, we used to farm using Ox plowing in order to feed ours

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    • 8 May 23:02, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Teachers,lecturers,dependency on foreign Aid or currencies is just but destructive mechanisms.Students should have a farms to cultivates large plantations where they could grow local crops to feed their nations.If you were having the heart for the nations do something constructive to nations building n leave politician a lone.Students used to demonstrate or protests based on student’s fee raises b

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      • 8 May 23:11, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        This is something you can correct if you have the heart for that nation.I’m joining you very soon, I will make you to cultivates before you go for your lectures. Any students who doesn’t know how to plough will not be getting his calcification. I will use agriculture as the engine of food productions within this country and leave a lone those chemicals products, or money. Man made money and money

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        • 9 May 05:55, by Sunday Junup

          Don don Malith,

          We have been telling you that Dinka has no ideas but you don’t. Look how you reasons, how do you expect students to cultivat before lectures? Where do you expect them to cultivat? This show that you don’t know cultivation and never cultivat. Go to hell you failed our country!

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          • 9 May 08:04, by Rami Tot

            Sunday Junup
            thank you for noting that they(dinka) have no idea at all, they can’t fit to lead any single cattle camp any more they are the bunch of killers, they don’t know or have mercy, public resources used against their people looks they used oil money against nuer since 2013 until now killing all s sudanese people with their public resources the funny is they think people of ss r dinka

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            • 9 May 16:19, by Mapuor

              No to tribalism. Yes to democracy. No to tribal rebellions. Yes to unity in diversity.32 states have solved all our problems in the country. Democracy will always prevail in South Sudan. No to reactionary forces.

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          • 9 May 08:49, by Don-Don Malith Rual

            Sunday Junup & Rami Tot: That automatically show that you are the lazy folks. For how long are you Folks going to depend on imported foods? South Sudan is country that is reach of natural resources Agriculture being one of them. I thought u Folks would tell me about insecurity! Do u think being student meant u don’t work. U need to work as well as studying at the same time, What a lazy dude you re

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        • 9 May 08:41, by Theallseeingeye

          Don-Don Malith Rual
          you reason like u ven’t been to school be4, how do u except people to cultivate in these messes, either u r too naive or u intentionally meant it so that the Anyoor could come harvest later right. I bet even you don’t cultivate at the vicinity of ur luak, becuz ur comment proves that. Do u ve any idea of the AVG period it takes to cultivate and harvest??????

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          • 9 May 09:00, by Don-Don Malith Rual

            Theallseeingeye; Or whoever your noun is! You people should know that being in the government a lone is not the only jobs.2nd to it you need to work to get a living. When I mention about Agricultural activities u all went on strict on this social media, this is an indication that non of u want to be self efficiency,I couldn’t blame u but,UN who taught u free things n laziness

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            • 9 May 09:33, by Dengda

              @ Don Don
              Don’t argue the futile argument, students were demonstrating because of multiples reasons, 1. high accommodation, feeding, tuition fees, under pay lecturers, voices of voiceless as they are future leader, famine declared almost all over the country, judges working condition not met. Talking about farming and hunger only wasn’t the main themes.

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              • 9 May 09:44, by Don-Don Malith Rual

                @Dengda We need folks like yourself to help out these idiots that are preaching the war of hatred words on a certain tribes in this social medias, what u have mentions here are the basic needs any student could goes for demonstration, tell these loop who doesn’t know what it meant to be student or nationalist for that matter.even the title of the massive is completely wrong

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          • 9 May 09:22, by Theallseeingeye

            and when it come so imported food, these Gov and SPLM/A you are praising had looted the entire WFP warehouse in Juba, so stop playing us around, your game are well known as a broad day light. YOU HAVE FAILED THE COUNTRY. who doesn’t know you Jenges with "ROUKOUB RAS", this is when you wrong at somethings u just insists that you are right and pretend to be so at any expense or cost.

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            • 9 May 09:36, by Don-Don Malith Rual

              If your ideologies are always for a certain tribes within south Sudan, I’m not for u. We need nationalistic Folks that talks on how well we could improve ourselves as "Junubin" n if you are a tribe man, good luck with your hatred n Life has to go a head whether u like a certain tribe n hit the rest, this is up to u go for it I’m nt for you mate

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      • 9 May 14:27, by Lokoli

        Is good Dinka awaking from sleep to see these Marons Dinak Elders of council that ruins our Beloved Country. The nation is bleeding badly because of wicked people. Dumb stupid President cannot reasoned that he should resign.

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    • 8 May 23:12, by padiit gaga

      Way up s.Sudanese do not die under bad leadership, choose another President let cowboy to Luak

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      • 8 May 23:32, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Padit, There is nothing called bad leadership.Show me a good leaders and I will show you better Nation.We the wenechi the citizens, We are the problems,even a loser who could not even managed his own house hold can claimed that the country has failed. We have totally fails ourselves because non of us have taken this country as his own personal assets.this where the issue is. We have treated this c

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    • 9 May 08:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      It is too late, too late and too late.
      our country is indifferent since day one when I hear separation of South Sudan from Sudan.

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    • 9 May 08:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      All security organs (forces) must cooperate with citizen to respect their right demand.

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      • 9 May 20:45, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Mr Magadit,you right we need security forces to be accompanied the innocent civilians travelling in-state, A convoy of forces one a head of civilians vehicle n another one behind for safety our innocent folks a long the public roads.we do not need innocent civilians dying every now n then.Their safety should be our priority anove all thing.God bless South Sudan

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    • 9 May 08:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The demonstration does not demand a regime change but they focus on the stability of country economy rather than to collapse under president Kiir leadership.
      therefore we want to support that but not regime change, it is a change of economic status into a visible stability.

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      • 9 May 16:28, by jubaone

        Ayuiu Makuach,
        1. Stop the war, resuscitate the ARCISS 2015 in letter and spirit and get Riak and his IO back on track.
        2. DD-Disarm, Demobilize all nyors and nyigats
        3. Establish the Hybrid Court to try all criminals both in IO and the bunch of jienges in IG.
        4. Get "meritocracy" instead of hopeless "democracy" by inviting all skilled/educated Junubin in the diaspora
        5. Revive Agric. oil prodn.

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        • 9 May 18:26, by South South

          Jubaone,

          "4. Get "meritocracy" instead of hopeless "democracy" by inviting all skilled/educated Junubin in the diaspora"

          I am laughing. You can kiss your ass. If you want Riek, then go and visit him in his parking lot in South Africa.

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          • 9 May 19:02, by South South

            Jubaone,

            You have accepted Kiir to be your president and you want to come back to South Sudan to work with him? Is that right? All what you want is peace in our country? Right? You are welcome back to South Sudan.No objection, welcome back.

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            • 9 May 20:08, by jubaone

              South South,
              Sorry, I´m too intelligent to kiss my own ass when you as a jienge are there. That is your work as an idiot with little brains. Aryan jienges carried for us water in Juba in the 70s till Kokora and they will still kiss our Equatorian asses since we feed, cloth and host them as squatters. Inta jienge sakit, emshi ya kelb!

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            • 9 May 20:14, by jubaone

              South South,
              We have made a meticulous plans: Such jienge squatters like you own NO houses in Juba. We shall evict you by force or otherwise cos you dont belong here. You cant be an Equatorian as you wish cos even as a tailless monkey that lives with humans (Equatorians) you are not yet human. You need to evolve, learn to be congitive and get civilized. aryan jienge kudwal kudwal x2

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              • 9 May 20:43, by South South

                Jubaone,

                I have beautiful house in Juba. It is very well secure and no monkey can come near it. Talk, talk, talk.

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            • 9 May 20:19, by jubaone

              South South,
              You can kiss the Kiirminal´s ass since you both are jienges. You may have learnt that during your days in the cattle camp where hundred of young men slept together. Who knows what they did to themselves: kissing cow or human asses, devloped homosexual tendencies? Is that perhaps the reason you jienge nyors like raping? Tired of their own jienge asses? Kawalin waskanin, Koror.

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              • 9 May 20:39, by jubaone

                South South,
                I like the way you submissively respond to my attacks like a domestic slave while calling you all sorts of shit names: aryan jienge, mbororo, beegees, lugor, MTN, shawal al faham, nyornyor, girubur, kwerkwer. I still have more and will give you in your next response. I shall NEVER stop till you beg me to do so. OK ya MTN?

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                • 9 May 20:50, by South South

                  Jubaone,

                  I am controlling the country called South Sudan. You can sing as you want, who care.

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                  • 10 May 08:01, by jubaone

                    South South,

                    If you CANT control yourself as a jienge, how can you control SS? Just live your life as a beggar and squatter in Kenya or Uganda and we know where, how and when to get you in Juba. Prepare to hang yourself.

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    • 9 May 13:17, by Midit Mitot

      This country had already collapsed since 16-December-2013, why are you making noise today not at the beginning of this mess?

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    • 9 May 13:32, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Rual, students are correct. President Kiir is messing up the country. He needs to leave the office and give chance to other leaders. I think 13 years of ruling without benefit are enough. He did not meet the expectations of the citizens and he needs to go. I support students.

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      • 9 May 15:10, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Removing President by force is not the solutions,We need to give the country peace that all of us deserved,is there any one amongest u who is really tried or fed up like myself about these attrocities?if there are some, let embrace the peace n all that u re fighting for will comes automatically.i understand aur concern and let’s try peace

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    • 9 May 19:14, by garrak1520

      Sorry brother, but no respect; How can the people be responsible, it is the leadership. Kiir and his cronies are responsible for the downfall of this great country, after all they don’t care they have hoarded the entire wealth of South Sudan. let’s stop thinking about tribe. Nation first!! This chip planted in us by French, British during colonization seems keeping us apart. Time to get it out.

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  • 9 May 00:53, by john akeen

    President Salva Kiir didn’t collapsed the country, Rebels of Riek Machar’s are the one who collapsed your country and pulse you the citizens did collapse your own country too, if you can remember Dr. John in a few years ago when he said to you people that in any country in this word, if their nations are weak their gov will be weak, if their nations are strong their gov will be strong>>>

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    • 9 May 01:10, by john akeen

      if their nations are in war, their gov will be in war too, if their nations are in peace their gov will be in peace too, if their nation’s love each other, their gov will love each other too, if their nation’s are looking for business, their gov will look for business too, if their nation’s are following the law, their gov will obey the law,

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      • 9 May 01:27, by lino

        Ya John Akeen,

        It is the other way around. If the government can’t provide services, people will gang up with even the devil and kick them out.
        Go back and watch and listen to Dr.John words again!!!

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        • 9 May 02:40, by john akeen

          Ya lino
          in any country in this world if the gov in war with anybody, their citizens needs to do whatever it takes with all their power to stop that war because their government are not gonna focus on them, their gov are just focusing on defending themselves and defending the constitution, if they don’t that they will be captured and killed

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      • 9 May 01:42, by john akeen

        if their nation’s don’t have tribalism among themselves, their gov won’t have tribalism among themselve too. if you want to eat than go to farm and grow some food for yourself and for your family, so stop blaming president Salva Kiir, in state of blaming the Ebola that you have created in your country that is killing everyone because you don’t like other trib. Screaming around to the world that>

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        • 9 May 01:59, by john akeen

          I don’t want Dinka I don’t want Nuer I don’t want Blanda I don’t want Acholi I don’t want Adio I don’t want Aja I don’t want Anyuak I don’t want Atuot I don’t want Avukaya I don’t want Azande I don’t want Bai I don’t want Baka I don’t want Banda I don’t want Binga I don’t want Bari I don’t want Bongo. I don’t want Dongotona I don’t want Feroghe I don’t want Gollo I don’t want Ifoto>>>

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          • 9 May 02:10, by john akeen

            I don’t want Imatong I don’t want Indri and on and on, now do this song to you?

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      • 9 May 09:38, by Dengda

        @ John Akeen
        Where is now Riek at the scene? what Kiir-Taban did to rescue the dire situation and economic shape?

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      • 9 May 09:57, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        John Akeen: you said it all, I always tell them to show me a fantastic leader and I will shows them a peaceful cooperative nations. A weak nation means that its people are the one that re weak and they are the one that failing it. You nail it bro let those who have ears hear it

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    • 9 May 08:50, by Theallseeingeye

      john akeen
      runing a country is not like grazing bunch of cows and guarding them with AK-47, or PKM. this is why it is called politics, it is always confronted with challenges, difficulties, obstacles, hindrance, etc and this is when brains comes in, so if u failed the country its you who failed not the rebels, the rebels r not the ones running the country not even one of the ministries.

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    • 9 May 10:41, by General

      John Akeen, how citizens made a collapse? rethink and then retake your defensive position with enough weapons,the time has came exactly to collapse

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  • 9 May 01:39, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    So it is now biting. Kiir destroyed the country of honey and milk. So he must go to Akon vertically or horinzotally.
    Quite.

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    • 9 May 10:27, by Tut Gatkuoth

      We should know that President Kiir also belongs to a a community so we shouldn’t consider the community clashes in Akon as he faults..Are we right to say Koul Manyang and Yauyau are also responsible for the clashes betwen Murle and Bor?????

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  • 9 May 05:48, by Sunday Junup

    This government has already collapse but empty minded KIIR will come out tomorrow and blame you. He will even call you rebels because of stupidity. It is the first sacrifice since 2013 actually. Good Move!!!!

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    • 9 May 07:12, by dinkdong

      The worse is yet to come. Those protesters are risking their lives. They should know that South Sudan is a lawless country. You may get kill and no questions ask. Take example of the journalists that have been killed since South Sudan came into existence.

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  • 9 May 08:32, by puok kamler

    Protesters: ’’the nation has collapsed under your leadership”, Are these people Anti juba regime? or they are telling the truth ya Makuei lieth(liar)?...with blood, sweats, tears, bullet, and ballot we all create this country, we must accept the change that same people who create this nation want.

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  • 9 May 08:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Late us support the president Salva Kiir Mayardit in peace process, through national dialogue that will be a only way forward to change the risk of our economy.

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    • 9 May 09:59, by Tut Gatkuoth

      This is an excellent idea; our leaders and all ’Junubin ’should focus on peace reconciliation and dialogue. This country will only be fixed by ourself not the so called international community and UN

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  • 9 May 09:35, by MD from far East

    country has fallen so badly off road we need peace

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    • 9 May 09:55, by Tut Gatkuoth

      There is no doubt about the failure of the government but the blame is on all our leaders; President Kiir, Riek Machar, Pagan Amum and others leaders. It is therefore our collective responsibility as south Sudanese (Blame games is never option)

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  • 9 May 09:51, by Tut Gatkuoth

    The youth demonstrating along the University highway yesterday were not really from the University but some youth mobilized by SPLA-IO in UNMISS POC camp.This was confirmed by the leader of students on SSBC

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    • 9 May 10:10, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      @Tut we need compatriot nationalist like yourself,that country one day one time will fall in our hands us these generations n we need to be honest with our comments and options otherwise no one will change this situations if we don’t take this initiative to be telling the truth and say what will take us forward not folks that will always drags us at the back.It is going to be tougher n we need to.

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  • 9 May 10:20, by Tut Gatkuoth

    @Don-Don Malith Rual; You welcome bro; South Sudan as a country is for Junubin not necessarily the leaders so lets focus on togetherness for the Unity of people.. our National ID doesn’t have SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO or FD’s

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    • 9 May 11:11, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      @Tut: You re extremely right,Our National Flags, our National Anthem, Our land of Sudd, Our Identity as Southerners and the CPA that we achieved all these made us South Sudanese whether they like it or not we shared all these in common, but those who re just exercising their clumsy politics here did not understand this, n believe that things should be solved by gun point. They will ripe it

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  • 9 May 14:55, by Eastern

    Let’s keep Kiir at the presidency to maintain the status quo. The cost of living is improving by the following the arrival of a number of truck from Uganda last week. Kiir oyee!

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    • 9 May 15:27, by Sunday Junup

      Eastern,
      What is this man talking about? when did those trucks arrive and what commodity they brought. Please don’t feed community with false info, this could be big achievement which can be hired on TV as well as social media. days for your Nyankiir Mayaar are numbered. Wait for dome days, you will hear news that no stocks in Markets. Please send those trucks soon before it is too late.

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  • 9 May 15:38, by Fair Man

    Dinka-Defender General
    You are now becoming a nationalist. You comments show resilient opinion. To Don-Don Malith Rual, you must be such a primitive luakboy. Students have national obligation to rescue the country from bad leadership. They will be killed by Kiir extremists but we shall build monument in their memories. It’s not about Dinka or which tribe but Kiir with thugs must quit. Congs st’dts

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  • 9 May 15:44, by Fair Man

    Don-Don Malith Rual
    Other than students marching on streets for academic concerns, they have constitutional mandate to support the voiceless masses and change the rotten leadership by peaceful demonstration (popular uprising). It does not need gun. Soon, civil servants will make shit-in strike by not reporting for work and a change will happen. This is a long await moment. Start and make more.

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    • 9 May 21:06, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Fair man:When the revolution you are talking about happened in South Africa during those days,it was about the changed of the Party’s but you people demand the leadership change!How do you
      Expect changes while the country is in turmoil.U need to think twice before u acts, what we need now is permanent peace n stability, we don’t need elements of peace destruction.For how long do you guys need thi

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  • 10 May 15:43, by du-guecdit

    We support all any necessary means available to correct the political, social and economical mistakes committed by president kiir, including the protest.Because, we can no longer washing ourselves dying while supporting him.

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