South Sudan: President warns against planned protests

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir has warned organisers calling for protests on Thursday that any attempt to seize power will be met with “violent resistance”.

Over the past two weeks, a group calling itself the Red Card Movement has been calling for widespread protests using the hashtags #KiirMustGo and #SouthSudanUprising on social media. However, Kiir told a press briefing on Wednesday that any demonstrations will be dealt with heavily by security forces.

Call for protests in South Sudan

The Red Card Movement is a recently-formed group apparently inspired by the recent street protests in Sudan which led to the ousting on President Omar al-Bashir in the neighbouring country. However, South Sudan President Salva Kiir says there will be no repeat of events in his own regime.

“Violent attempts to usurp power from the people would be met with violent resistance and the cycle of violence cannot end,” Kiir told a press briefing on Wednesday.

“The way to stability in South Sudan is through democracy and democratic elections, and this is what we fought for and we will not compromise it.”

South Sudan is in the midst of implementing a struggling peace deal signed last year, bringing an end to the country’s civil war that raged for most of the country’s independence. The government has increased security measures ahead of the proposed protests, which are due to be held on May 16.

Featured image: By Al Jazeera English – Kiir awaits, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17499385

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.