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Two protesters arrested in S. Sudan’s Bor

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May 12, 2017 (JUBA) – On Friday, two South Sudanese protesters against the Peace Committee headed by First Vice President Taban Deng were detained in Bor by national security agents.

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South Sudan first vice president Taban Deng Gai arrives in Bor May 9, 2017 (ST)

According to Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (JIPDD), Deng Anyang Ngong and Geu Akau have been detained by the police.

JIPDD is a civil society group in Bor.

Deng was detained on Thursday and held without charges. A relative who visited him on Friday said the police promised to release him after an investigation was conducted.

"The police said they are still doing investigations to know who organised the demonstrations," said a cousin who visited Deng in Bor on Friday.

Jonglei State police declined to comment on the arrests.

Governor of Jonglei, Philip Aguer confirmed that his government wants to question the protesters.

"We want them to explain why they were chanting Viva. That is a slogan of people who are not here," he said by phone from Bor, referring to SPLM in Opposition slogan.

However, Aguer said he did not get information on their arrest, referring any further questions to Jonglei State’s legal office.

One of the leaders of the protest who has remained in hiding in Bor denied changing any political slogan during the protest on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We have uploaded the video and the audio as well as photos on social media and there is no single political slogan. We are condemning the peace initiative of First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, as Bor Youth, when our children and cattle have not been returned from Murle," he said.

The youth protested during the meeting between Gai and local chiefs aiming to end the ongoing clashes between Bor and Murle youths in Boma State, east of former Jonglei State.

(ST)

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  • 13 May 02:21, by Sunday Junup

    Dear Philip Aguer,
    VIVA!! Is slogan for SPLA IO which Taban claim to be their leader, why condemning them when they are Taban Deng Supporters? Anyway truth is coming out that Taban Deng is a leader to SPLA Crown. Now it is up to JMEC to continue with a man confirmed by Bor government of being not in charge of SPLA IO. Shame to IGAD Country

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    • 13 May 06:56, by Kuch

      I for one, l can’t blame those protestors. The Murles have been asked time and time again to leave their ways of stealing other people babies and cattle. But they just don’t want to heed anything. They have their elders and their elders have been informed by the Bor Dinka elders to rein in their thugs since anyone can remember. But the stealing of Bor Dinka babies and cattle has not stop>>>

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  • 13 May 17:55, by Mr. Right

    Mr. Governor, your reputation is solid and your publicity has started on a good footing. Please stop being driven like other stooges we’ve been seeing in the gov’t of late.

    When did peaceful protest/freedom of expression become a crime? Arbitrary arrest is associated with dictatorship and I bet you don’t want to follow that path.
    Kindly release the guys to avoid tarnishing your image!!

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