South Sudan Activists Arrested After Call For Uprising
Juba, Aug 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2021 ) :Government security agents in South Sudan on Monday arrested at least two prominent activists who joined a call for a peaceful public uprising to seek political change, one of their colleagues said.
A coalition of civil society groups last week issued a declaration saying they have "had enough" after 10 years of independence marked by civil war, escalating insecurity, hunger and political instability.
The Sudd Institute, an independent think tank involved in the coalition, has also been shut down and its executive director Abraham Awolich is among other activists also being sought by the authorities, Mohandis told AFP.
Awolich said in a separate statement on Twitter that he was on the run after the Sudd Institute was stormed and its staff arrested over Friday's declaration by the People's Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA).
But he said he would not be bowed.
"Our people are rising up to fire the dictators and murderers and I am proud to stand with them. The time has come to bring down the failed yet dangerous regime." The PCCA also remained defiant on Monday, saying in a statement it was intent on leading a non-violent "revolution" in the world's newest country and to seek "regime change".
It called for the resignation of both President Salva Kiir and his archfoe turned deputy Riek Machar, who remain uneasy bedfellows in the coalition government.
- 'Bankrupt political system' - The 2018 ceasefire and power-sharing deal between Kiir and Machar was just the latest accord signed by the two men whose rivalry ignited the conflict that cost the lives of almost 400,000 people.
Their truce still largely holds but it is being sorely tested, as politicians bicker over power and promises for peace go unmet.
The PCCA described the current regime as "a bankrupt political system that has become so dangerous and has subjected our people to immense suffering, death and brought upon them abject poverty and destitution".