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HEAVY POLICE AND MILITARY DEPLOYED IN CAPITAL JUBA ON SUNDAY ON PREPARATION FOR MONDAY DEMONSTRATION

Juba, 29 August 2021; Authorities in South Sudan capital city have deployed heavy police force and other security organs in strategic corners of the city Juba ahead of a countrywide protest called by the People's Coalition for civil actions starting on Monday. 

Juba looks like a war zone with heavy deployment of police forces, National Security Services personnel, and regular SSPDF forces, civilians who spoke to our correspondent said the unnecessary deployment reminds them of the December 2013 and July 2016 war between the camps of Kiir and Riek. 

Heavy military armors mounted with heavy machine guns have rolled in the streets, military police, NSS, and SSPDF have all been armed with rifle AK47s and heavy machine guns.  

The yet-to-be-identified online group calling itself "People’s Coalition for Civil Action” has been encouraging people around the country to turn up on Monday to protest against President Kiir and his deputy the first Vice President Riek Machar calling them with the entire Revitalized government to resign.  

However, South Sudan police Deputy Inspector General Lt Gen. James Pui Yak warned the public against such demonstrations. He advised people not to come on to protest, saying anybody who doesn't want to adhere to the warning will face the consequences of their actions. He said they cannot tolerate it, he added they have enough manpower to bundle the hooligans who want to disrupt the tranquility in the city. 

So, far on Sunday there are no signs of protest as heavily armed police and other security agents are patrolling the streets of Juba, no water can with teargas are seen on Juba streets on Sunday than military armors mounted with heavy machine guns. 

Peter Joseph, South Sudanese political scientistic doubts the likelihood of the countrywide protest on Monday, however, he said the event has set unprecedented panic in J1, he added even if the protest failed to take place on Monday, the regime in J1 is now afraid with the voices that call for terminating their rules. He said he expected the protest will take place in neighboring Kenya, and outside Africa, in places, London, UK, Sidney, Australia, and Washington DC United States, and maybe in Canada. 

“We are not going to harm anybody…that is why you can see the police now with sticks, not with rifles. They are just going to advise people…to go on with their normal lives, we don’t want any disruption.”  Lt Gen. James Pui Yak, Deputy Inspector-General of Police was quoted saying. 

J. Roberts Swaka 

SSLN 

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