Internet services in South Sudan were disrupted on Monday and security forces were deployed on the streets to prevent planned protests by activists against President Salva Kiir’s government demanding his resignation.
Police said the activists had not sought permission to protest, and therefore any large demonstration would be illegal.
“We deployed the forces at least to keep order in case of any problem. Those forces are in the streets for your safety,” police spokesperson Daniel Justin Boulogne said.
In televised remarks to an elite unit on Sunday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Lt Gen. James Pui Yak said authorities would not “harm anybody” to break up demonstrations.
“They are just going to advise people to go on with their normal lives; we don’t want any disruption.”
The activists accuse Kiir’s government of corruption and failing to protect the population or provide basic services.