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SECURITY REMAIN TIGHT IN JUBA, NIMULE, YEI AND OTHER MAJOR TOWNS IN SOUTH SUDAN BY MONDAY EVENING

Juba, 30 August 2021; Despite the government, stern warning against business owners to open their business and any business owner who did not hit the warning will be punished or prosecuted by the authorities, most businesses remained closed this morning across capital Juba. 

Some schools also remained closed though few across town have open for learning, however, some parents refused to send their children to schools due to the looming countrywide civil disobedience which is supposed to start this morning, as the sunrise in Juba this morning there was heavy deployment of police, National Security Services personnel, South Sudan People’s Defense Force, and presidential guards the Tiger battalion, to airport road and road leading to J1 and to the Ministries. 

Around 11:00 am some businesses around the Muniki area have opened however, clients were hesitant to risk out. Though there are no signs of the much-awaited protests in Juba and other parts of the country, Juba city, and its suburbs remain heavily guided by the military. 

The heavy militarization of Juba caused panic among the civil population and it is not immediately clear when will the army be redeployed to their barracks. 

Meanwhile, our correspondent in Nimule border town said some people decided to remain home, meanwhile, some people decided to cross to Elegu, Ugandan side since Sunday evening, but this evening people begin to return to their homes in Nimule. There are deployments of soldiers all over Nimule and visitors coming from the Ugandan side are restricted this morning. 

Torit and Yei towns have seen the heavy deployment of regular army and men in plain civilian clothes too, some residents who spoke to this publication this evening at the time of filing this report said in Torit and Yei towns military have erected military checkpoints stopping young people from reaching the center of the towns. 

The organizers of the protest under their umbrella, People's Coalition for Civil Action vowed to continue to call for the peaceful uprise against President Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar and the Revitalized transitional government of National Unity to resign.

SSLN 

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