Police in Jonglei State opened fire on protesting schoolchildren in Bor town this morning, wounding two schoolboys.
This has been confirmed by Atong Kuol, Jonglei state minister of information.
Schoolchildren of Royal High and Primary boarding and day School staged a protest over poor teaching methods and poor boarding conditions.
The peaceful protest turned violent when the school children allegedly started throwing stones at the school buildings, prompting the authorities to call police on them.
In the process, two boys were wounded – with one shot in the thigh, and the other – in the foot.
Commenting on the matter, Atong Kuol – the minister of Information said the school children were shot at after attacking the police.
“They started attacking the police by throwing stones at them, at that process, the protest became chaotic, so the police started shooting in the air, from there, a child who was 200 meters away from the scene got injured on the foot, and there was another guy who was shot on the thumb,” Atong said.
For his part, a local human rights group – Screen of Rights – condemned the incident.
The executive director – Reech Malual – described the incident as police brutality.
“This is what I describe as police brutality and as well as any other security force brutality,” he said.
Mr. Reech said children are the victim of police brutality.
“It’s not the first but this is putting a highlight on Jonglei state because as you have said a boy was shot in the few weeks and now again a student and another child are also victims to system brutality.
The human rights lawyer said its the responsibility y of the state to protect everyone.
“We need to make sure that the law protects everybody and we need to make sure that the powers that are given to police or any other government agencies are not misused against individual citizens of this country.”
He called on the authority in Jonglei to hold the police responsible for the shooting accountable.
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