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Protesters in US demand president Kiir’s resignation


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 7, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Thousands of South Sudanese from across the United States took to the streets in Washington on Tuesday, calling for the immediate removal of president Salva Kiir from power.

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A demonstrator in Washington holds a sign calling for the removal of South Sudanese president Salva Kiir on 6 August 2014

Miyong Kuon, the rebel faction’s UN representative, told Sudan Tribune by email that the demonstration was also in protest at the White House’s invitation to Kiir to attend the US-Africa summit currently underway in Washington.

President Kiir is one of 48 African leaders currently taking part in the first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit, which aims to advance multilateral ties between Africa and the US.

The rebel official said the demonstration took place near the JW Marriot hotel where Kiir is staying.

Protesters angered by current situation in South Sudan chanted, “Down-down Kiir”, “down-down genocidal president”.

Emotions were running high at the demonstration, with some protesters breaking down in tears while calling for Kiir’s removal, according to Kuon.


The White House has come under fire for inviting Kiir, who many accuse of inflaming the violence in South Sudan, with more than 12,000 activists writing president Barack Obama and US secretary of state John Kerry to raise their concerns about the summit.

Foreign Policy reports that multiple sources said that officials within the state department had urged the White House to rescind Kiir’s invitation amid fears his presence in Washington would hinder peace negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, but those calls were ultimately rejected.

Critics say Kiir should be attending peace talks where he could affect real change for his country and that his presence at the summit is nothing more than a photo-op.

Violence flared in South Sudan in mid-December last year following a political split within the ruling SPLM, pitting troops loyal to Kiir against rebel forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar.

The rapid escalation of the conflict has alarmed the international community and its regional neighbours amid fears the young nation, which seceded from Sudan in 2011, could implode.

Following Tuesday’s rally, protesters attended a briefing with a rebel delegation led by Ezekiel Lol, the current deputy chairman for the opposition group’s external relations committee.

Kuon, along with Stephen Par Kuol, head of the national committee for education, and the rebel group’s US representative, Reath Muoch, also briefed protesters.

Lol, a former diplomat to the US, told protesters the war in South Sudan must come to and end, adding that Kiir’s presence on US soil was not significant.

“Washington DC is not Salva Kiir’s world, it’s our world,” Lol told the crowd. “We came here (the US) to tell the world our side of the story.”

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South Sudanese demonstrators gathered outside president Salva Kiir’s hotel in Washington on 6 August 2014 calling for his resignation

The demonstration was organised by a number of US-based civil society groups who hold Kiir personally responsible for the deaths of tens and thousands of people since the conflict erupted.


In comments before a meeting with Kerry on Tuesday, Kiir accused Machar of having lost control of his forces.

“If the two sides – that is the government and the rebels – were forthcoming, all of them, this thing could have been resolved a long time back. But we get difficulty on the side of the rebels,” said Kiir.

His comments were backed by Kerry, who blamed Machar for violating a ceasefire agreement signed by the warring parties in January and recommitted to by the rival leaders in May.

“I just want the record to be clear that it is our judgment – and the former vice-president Mr Machar needs to understand this – that he has broken – it was his initiative that broke the agreement and took his troops back into a violent status,” said Kerry.

In a statement issued by the president’s office on Wednesday, Kiir thanked the US for its continued support and urged it to continue working to help the young nation realise its true potential.

“The US has helped us address the challenges that are the legacy of a century of colonial rule, decades of domination by the north and 22 years of ruinous civil war. Many American are now asking how to help South Sudan not only to make peace, but also to make progress. My answer: work with us to overcome these challenges,” he said.


Meanwhile, hopes to meet the 10 August deadline set by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, which is mediating peace talks, for the two conflicting parties to agree on a transitional government and implement a ceasefire deal were dashed on Tuesday after the rebel delegation boycotted the fifth round of talks, insisting that talks be restricted to the two warring factions.

Machar’s SPLM in Opposition delegation asserted that other stakeholders, including representatives of civil society organisations, faith-based groups, political parties and former SPLM detainees, should only engage in a consultative manner.

The rebel faction said that it believed the participation of other stakeholders in the IGAD-led peace process to end the almost eight-month-long conflict was “significant’’.

However, in a statement issued on Wednesday, the group said that “the nature of the conflict and its resolution requires that we conduct direct talks between the SPLM/SPLA (in Opposition) and the Government of Republic of South Sudan”, adding that these are “the parties to the conflict and it is imperative that they thrash out the root causes of the conflict in order to expedite a peace agreement”

IGAD has warned that it is prepared to take “punitive action” if the parties fail to enter into talks to reach a negotiated solution to end the war that has devastated the lives of millions of people.


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  • 8 August 2014 08:42, by dinkdong

    Good luck!

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    • 8 August 2014 09:27, by Mr Point

      The President did not try to kill the Vice President and his family.
      The President did not start the massacre of hundreds of innocent civilians in the capital city.
      The President is not involved in massive corruptions and he has not developed dictatorial tendencies.

      That is President Obama of course, not Kiir.

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      • 8 August 2014 10:33, by Malakal county Simon

        Kiir should feel a shame and simply resign..... Being rejected by your own people’s in foreign country like United States is very painful as president......while on the other hand, the other African leaders enjoying celebrations with their diaspora community’s in United States, unlike lonely foolish president Kiir!!!!

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        • 8 August 2014 10:39, by Malakal county Simon

          But I,m glad that’s he didn’t met Barack Obama in person, because that’s would be an abusive to land of liberty, justice, and freedom of the world!!

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        • 8 August 2014 16:36, by Hardlinner

          Malakal county simon, the demonstrators are nuers and therefore be levelled as riek supporters. Kiir is bad but not too bad as does riek. Until nuer realise their problems and blind support for murderous person like riek. Their condemnation on kiir shall never make sense to two times riek victims. Condemning kiir alone won’t work. Nuer need to condemn riek too for killing dinka civilians.

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  • 8 August 2014 08:52, by Madina Tonj

    Power greed: I had been telling you over and over again that, your Son Riek Machar is betraying you and I don’t think this too many complains will not let you get power you are dreaming. Who do you think will remove the elected democratic president? We do know those protesters are Nuers minority and calling for removal elected leader is very unlikely to happen. Just keep singing about power greed.

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  • 8 August 2014 08:53, by Madina Tonj

    Power greed: I had been telling you over and over again that, your Son Riek Machar is betraying you and I don’t think this too many complains will not let you get power you are dreaming. Who do you think will remove the elected democratic president? We do know those protesters are Nuers minority and calling for removal elected leader is very unlikely to happen. Just keep singing about power greed.

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  • 8 August 2014 08:53, by Madina Tonj

    Power greed: I had been telling you over and over again that, your Son Riek Machar is betraying you and I don’t think this too many complains will not let you get power you are dreaming. Who do you think will remove the elected democratic president? We do know those protesters are Nuers minority and calling for removal elected leader is very unlikely to happen. Just keep singing about power greed.

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  • 8 August 2014 09:06, by Ayuen deng

    You are all mad or drunkard in USA, how can you call for removal of constitutionally election president’ try that with President Obama if you can win a single vote. The first time you step out of your door calling for his remove your own neighbors will start laughing at you.stop dreaming badly

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    • 8 August 2014 09:20, by Mayom County Boy

      Am a feeling to my people of Republic of South Sudan
      President Salva Kiir will not step down , while is term still active
      making demonstration it is just nothing to all activities whom you are caring out in US .
      please let us give peace a chance so we will live longer , to live peacefully

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  • 8 August 2014 09:10, by Gogrialboys

    Folks, can any one tell me of what resignation are those American food lovers called Nuer crying for? You used the gun instead of ballot box as was the case for Bany Kiir Mayar,but now you smell what Kiir is cooking, so keep smelling it. Your dr. fool need to beg the whole South-Sudanese to be forgiven instead of you crying with that ugly cuts on your forehead.

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    • 8 August 2014 12:03, by Malakal county Simon

      You will be surprise foolish gongrial boy very soon!!!!!!

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  • 8 August 2014 09:17, by jacob mayen ajuoi

    Nuer are always Nuer, they do learnt from their mistake.

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  • 8 August 2014 12:59, by wang

    Barack Obama and democratic have done a big mistake by invited that stupid President in a first place… look at the ways a whole world are criticizing the White House…it was a very, very bad ideas from Barack Obama and John Kerry to let themselves to associate with a guy that had murdered a quarter of million innocent people because of losing a president seat to his challengers…

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    • 8 August 2014 14:32, by Gangura

      Kirr we all know power is sweet but please I advice you to listen and step down for Dr. Machar to lead, I believe still if Machar comes to power he will secure u a post of Payam Administrator in Warrap State, see what shame and embrassement u have brought to yourself. I wish u read this comment of mine and decide immediately upon ur arrival here in Juba. we all need Machar though whatsoever.

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      • 8 August 2014 16:52, by Hardlinner

        Gangura, are you really sane person?. How could you ask for kiir resignation and be replace by murderous warlord/ low IQ primate/riek. If south have run out of able leaders, it would be better for us to import chimpanzee from congo make him president than to have riek as president. It is an abuse for any southerner to prospose riek as placement for kiir. Riek is only fit to rule animals.

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    • 8 August 2014 14:54, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      Gat Matot,
      De so-called Nuer protesters in Washington r not mindful of historical facts. Why don’t you revisit de history of 1991 and Bor massacre orchestrated by Dr Hopeless Riek who imitates renowned PhD holders like Dr John Garang de Mabior? Why did Nasir Faction fail to negotiate peace with Khartoum and bring about CPA of 2005? Let Dr. Hopeless resign from misleading Nuers since 1991.

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      • 8 August 2014 14:55, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        USA is the hub of democracy where power-hungry politicians first look at their record n themselves in de mirror before testing the waters bcoz once your secret criminal record is exposed, leave alone de recorded one of Dr. Hopeless Riek of 1991 Bor massacre, you quickly drop out from presidential race n disappear without trace. Sadly, this is not the case to Nuer protesters n Dr. Hopeless Riek.

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        • 8 August 2014 14:56, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          If the very SPLM/A headed by Dr John Garang were to surrender to Khartoum in 1991 n signed Khartoum Oil Agreement (KOA) of 1997 as Dr Hopeless Riek did before returning to Dr John Garang in 2002, in which country would we Junubin be talking as first class citizens today dat Riek is now struggling to hijack the leadership of SPLM/A he abandoned but still liberated you all and him in broad day light

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          • 8 August 2014 14:57, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            The real issue of South Sudan is not political/democratic reforms dat Dr Hopeless Riek is trying to impose upon South Sudanese on de basis of federalism, but lack of nationalism, repeated betrayal n use of violence to achieve political/military power to lead regardless of record n constant knocks on Khartoum’s door for food n logistical support. Krtum simply wants to keep RSS destabilized.

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            • 8 August 2014 14:58, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

              USA did not import democracy or federalism from Europe in the 1600s but grew n nurtured its own, which is compatible with the political, economic, educational, technological and cultural environment. That is why American federalism or democracy is unique n distinctive from those practiced in European countries or those exercised in Canada, Nigeria, India and other countries.

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              • 8 August 2014 14:59, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                President Salva Kiir Mayardit is democratically elected; he never returned from Khartoum in 2002 to be forgiven and/or later appointed Vice President on a golden plate in 2005 like Dr. Hopeless Riek who believes dat he has PhD n has every right to rule at any cost if “his turn” is denied. Why does Dr Hopeless Riek insist on recognition of his political rights in South Sudan but not in Khartoum/KOA

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                • 8 August 2014 15:00, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                  Was the playground prepared for him by his Nasir Faction (KOA-1997) or SPLM/A-negotiated CPA of 2005? Did he experience bush life for 21 years like other Nuers whom he abandoned in 1991?Does PhD matter most in leadership position or honesty, integrity and perseverance like what Dr John Garang, Salva Kiir, James Hoth Mai, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin L. King Jr, and many more have been through?

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                  • 8 August 2014 15:01, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                    Why the so-called illiterate “white army” was not mobilized against Jayliin in Shendi when Omer Hassan Al-Bashir disposed of KOA-1997 shortly after inking it? Why does Dr Hopeless believe dat it’s harder to use force/violence against SAF to achieve power in Khartoum than using it against SPLA to rule South Sudan? Is it bcoz Sudan is largely desert and has no jungle for conducting his rebellion?

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                    • 8 August 2014 15:02, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                      South Sudan has enough jungle to hide. The forces of Dr Hopeless Riek can easily locate where SPLA forces are but their commanders often fail to win battles, leave alone war, and resort to taking refuge to air-conditioned Hotels in Addis overlooking the venue of peace talks and wait later to join Government delegation from Juba only to keep changing their position, demands n setting preconditions.

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                      • 8 August 2014 15:08, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                        Who is Dr Hopeless Riek fooling in de ongoing peace talks, government delegation, IGAD or international community dat he still has de gut to get everything done his way? No way. Dr. Hopeless Riek Machar wants us to go to Addis to watch his patronizing smile and presidential look and to remember him as the usual leader of tribally-oriented rebellion who is obsessed with assumption of leadership pos

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                        • 8 August 2014 15:09, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                          We r waiting for those coming from the Diaspora to join his rebellion in de front lines so dat we have a good dance until the followers of Dr Hopeless give up and come to their senses to be forgiven for de sake of peace. However, we r ready for a protracted war. There r many peaceful Nuer PhD holders who can run and democratically get elected to lead the country, but not your Dr Hopeless Riek Mach

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                          • 8 August 2014 15:21, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                            We r waiting for those coming from the Diaspora to join his rebellion in de front lines so dat we have a good dance until the followers of Dr Hopeless give up and come to their senses to be forgiven for de sake of peace. However, we r ready for both faithful negotiations to bring peace to the people of South Sudan and a protracted war to defeat Dr. Hopeless Riek Machar as we did before he took ref

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                            • 8 August 2014 15:29, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                              There r many peaceful Nuer PhD holders who can run and democratically get elected to lead the country, but not your Dr Hopeless Riek Machar Teny. Get educated in the West n come back home to build your original country destroyed by your Dr. Hopeless Riek Machar since 1991 up to date. We build, he destroys but this time it will b de last chance for his premeditated destruction. I wilbribk Pajok.

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  • 8 August 2014 14:07, by Marco A. Wek

    It was the same community that rebels and supports rebellion are the ones who were demonstrating in DC and that doesn’t make a difference.

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  • 8 August 2014 14:15, by Dengic

    when you take a black dog to the Washington, it will still be black ad when it comes to South Sudan.Nuer will be Nuer though taken to United Kingdom or Washington.Take an example of Machar himself,The Doctorate awarded to him should have been awarded to chicken instead

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  • 8 August 2014 15:51, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, please don’t pay attention to these-so-protesters in the US demanding president Kiir’s to resign. They know President was elected by the people and thus all the citizens in South Sudan will have rights to remove him. Protesters are Machar allied and terrorist groups. They are like White Armies who are looters, blood thirsty individuals, rappers, low IQ individuals, Self-serving, tribal pride

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  • 8 August 2014 16:42, by philipdit wol

    You are singing a song and nobody will dance for you please, you better stop that song.

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  • 9 August 2014 01:36, by Kenyang

    I’m 100% with those who want to annoint Salva Kiir as King if Riek Machar, aka ’prophet of doom’ is the alternative.

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    • 9 August 2014 05:51, by julia

      with 23 state of s.sudan on table for veting! nuer state will be the lawless region the country!who will govern them? Unless God drop angles to rule them, but Nuer still form a malitia rebellion against God! A lawless people never see! Primitive nuer guys r promote to Gen. A rank of international! But still they not happy! Then bullets is the solution!

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      • 9 August 2014 07:58, by Rami Tot

        Nuer are going to be your good husband just prepare for a good place for your honeymoon soon you will relieved many tensions you are facing because a nuer man always very strong to satisfy a woman. Where will you go 4 honeymoon looooool

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