15 October 2012

South Sudan: Anti-Cooperation Agreement Protesters Clash With South Sudanese Police

Photo: Tim McKulka/ UN Photo
Troops patrol in Abyei (file photo): Most of the demonstrators were from the disputed region of Abyei.

Juba — Angry demonstrators have clashed with police forces in main city centre of Juba where the police fired live bullets to disperse the protest.

The protestors mainly from Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Abyei have expressed their anger against the Addis Ababa peace agreement which has "sold their lands" to the neighbouring Sudan, as they claim.

While the clashes occurred around University of Juba premises on Monday morning, there is no reported case of casualties as the police do not authorise the media to cover it.

Unconfirmed reports said that some of the angry demonstrators have torn the pictures of Salva Kiir in the streets.

Another group of demonstrators holding placards and chanting in condemnation of the agreement have surrounded the national parliament in anticipation of the scheduled convening of the House to hear the statement by the President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on the agreement today Monday.

Though the police and army have deployed around the key government installations, there is no sign of trying to disperse the roaring crowd around the parliament.

However the situation has already caused some panic in the capital.

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