South Sudan Protests Fizzle Amid Police Patrols, Internet Outage

Security forces patrolled South Sudan's capital Juba on August 30, 2021 and many shops were shut as the authorities warned of a tough crackdown against anyone planning to join a planned protest against the government. Police said earlier that organisers did not get a permit, so any protest would be illegal. The demonstration was to coincide with President Salva Kiir's inauguration of a newly created national parliament, a key condition of a 2018 peace deal that ended the country's brutal civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people.

RFI reports that the People's Coalition for Civil Action - a broad-based coalition of activists, academics, lawyers, and former government officials - has described the current regime as "a bankrupt political system that has become so dangerous and has subjected our people to immense suffering".

The government has taken a hard line against the collective and its calls for a peaceful public uprising, arresting at least eight activists and detaining three journalists this month in connection with the demonstrations, according to rights groups.

InFocus

South Sudan police recruits (file photo).

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 100 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

X