A series of mass rallies are slated to take place in Juba on Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16, in an effort to launch nationwide demonstrations protesting current President Salva Kiir's perceived failure to restore peace and stability in the country. In response to the call, the president ordered the occupation of Freedom Square (Juba) by the army on Tuesday, May 7. Sources report that it is likely that the army will extend their blockages across the city to prevent protesters from gathering.
A heightened security presence is likely to continue over the coming week and clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Transportation disruptions are possible throughout the city due to military blockages.
South Sudan gained independence in 2011. A civil war broke out in December 2013 when the current President Salva Kiir accused his Vice President, Riek Machar, of trying to overthrow him. In August 2018, Kiir and Machar signed a final ceasefire and power-sharing agreement. Despite the agreement, violence has continued in some areas and tensions remain.
Individuals in Juba are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and home governments.
The security situation in South Sudan remains complex. Many Western governments advise against all travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to essential travel.
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