On August 13th, 2021, the people’s coalition for civil action (PCCA) set the 30th of August 2021 as the day of the National awakening. The demonstrations shall commence on the 30th of August 2021 and shall continue daily until all the demands of citizens are met. The PCCA shall review this on the 30th of September 2021.
The National Awakening day is the day when the people of South Sudan shall go to the streets all over the country to protest the POOR performance of the government and to call on President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar to STEP ASIDE and allow the country to move forward.
PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION GUIDELINES:
The PCCA is advocating for peaceful demonstrations against the government. We expect the protestors not to engage in any form of violent acts such as throwing stones, shooting, breaking shops or vehicles or any form of fighting. Our constitution allows us to express our frustrations with the government PEACEFULLY. We, therefore, issue the following guidelines for PEACEFUL demonstrations;
- No person is allowed to carry to the demonstrations any form of weapons such as guns, sticks, or knives.
- No person is permitted to hurl insults at any person, especially fellow protestors, police, or security personnel.
- No person is allowed to make disparaging remarks about any ethnic, religious, gender or regional group.
- Protestors are not allowed to inti any neighbourhood, they should gather in designated public areas and follow the main streets to the SIT-IN location.
- Protestors are allowed to carry banners posters and placards with their messages of frustration or hope.
- Protestors can sing revolutionary, national, traditional, or religious songs.
- Protestors are allowed to carry our national flag and any other symbols of national unity and sovereignty.
- Protestors can carry pictures of their favourite war heroes and heroines and any other picture that promotes nationalism.
- Protestors can take to the demonstrations anything that can communicate their messages.
- Protestors shall gather in places that shall be communicated and march to central locations that shall also be communicated to demonstrate and sit in until their demands are met.
- Well-wishers are invited to provide the protestors with water and dry food such as biscuits.
- Citizens are asked to show generosity to the wounded heroes and heroines and the needy by providing money or food items.
PREPARATIONS FOR DEMONSTRATIONS
- Starting on the 25th of August 2021 at 9-10 PM, citizens across the country and in refugee camps are asked to beat Drums, jerricans, saucepans, blow whistles, ululate, or make any loud sound at their residents to mark the beginning of the National Awakening.
Beating the drums and all the other sound-making instruments signify your frustration with no much suffering, bloodshed, economic hardships, corruption, lack of services, leadership failure and the wrong direction our country has taken.
- Citizens are asked to stock food and water before August 30th.
- Businesses are asked to remain closed on the 30th and throughout the days of demonstrations and sit-ins to avoid any unnecessary losses by criminal elements.
- All protestors are requested to observe all ministry of health protocols on COVID-19 by;
- Wear musks
- Keep a distance of 1.5 meters
- No handshakes
- Sanitize or wash your hands before going for demonstrations.
PLACES FOR SAFETY
- Other places of worship
- Military barracks
© Information Board, the People’s Coalition for Civil Action
- Rajab Mahandis
- Abraham Awolich
If the government will show restraint during the peaceful protest is not yet known. Observers doubt whether the government will not use live bullets at protesters.