(RAdioTamazuj, South Sudan) Eritreans protest killing of three of their countrymen in Juba

From: Biniam Tekle <biniamt_at_dehai.org_at_dehai.org>
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:08:03 -0400


Eritreans protest killing of three of their countrymen in Juba

JUBA (30 Sep.)

The community of Eritreans living in Juba demonstrated yesterday after
three men from Eritrea were killed in a brazen daylight robbery on
Monday in the Hai Cinema neighborhood.

A large group of Eritrean nationals went out into the street leading
from Juba Teaching Hospital where their countrymen were laid and
marched to Airport Road, disrupting the flow of traffic in the area.

An eyewitness said the Eritreans were heading to the airport in order
to transport the dead home on an airplane.

The demonstrators also gathered in front of International Commercial
Bank along Airport Road and the Eritrean ambassador to South Sudan
came to address them.

Danierre, a member of the demonstrators, explained that the ambassador
urged his countrymen to stay calm, saying that alhough the incident
was intentional it was not done by any of the authorities in the

“We need to stay calm and leave the case to the government of South
Sudan… we will not do anything and we as your eye in South Sudan will
try our level best to work with the police and other legal authorities
to ensure your safety here and you have to go back to your normal
businesses and stay calm please,” the ambassador reportedly told the

The crowd then dispersed after causing a traffic jam along the road
leading to Juba airport. Police have declined to comment about the

Separately, an eyewitness and a Hai Cinema resident told Radio Tamazuj
that the incident happened at Keren Hotel. He said he thought the
incident involved a group of Eritrean businessmen and several South
Sudanese escorting them while they were carrying large amounts of cash
to the bank.

The source said that masked gunmen on a 'boda-boda' started shooting
the businessmen as they were carrying the cash.

A watchman at the hotel has reportedly been taken by police for investigation.

Radio Tamazuj earlier reported that the incident happened near Quality
Hotel in Hai Cinema but later sources reported that the initial
shooting began near Keren and other gunshots may have been fired near
Quality Hotel during the police response to the incident.
Received on Thu Oct 01 2015 - 23:08:43 EDT

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