Obama Threatens U.S. Sanctions if Violence Continues in S. Sudan

UN Demonstration and Press Conference Thu, Apr 10 at 1:30 PM 

Former Sudanese Slave, Simon Deng and Talk Show Host Joe Madison Seek Arrest at Event

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Last Friday, President Barack Obama issued the following statement:

"Four years ago, some four million South Sudanese voted to break with the past and usher in a new period of peace and prosperity. They expected their leaders to act with courage and conviction, to put the interests of the people first, and to be statesmen, not strongmen. Months of fighting between the Government of South Sudan and forces loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar run counter to that vision and threaten to tear the young nation apart. Thousands have been killed. Nearly one million innocent civilians have been driven from their homes. Despite a ceasefire agreement, the cycle of violence and conflict continues.

The United States will not stand by as those entrusted with South Sudan's future put their own interests above those of their people. The Executive Order signed by President Obama today sends a clear message: those who threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan, obstruct the peace process, target U.N. peacekeepers, or are responsible for human rights abuses and atrocities will not have a friend in the United States and run the risk of sanctions. " 

UN Press Conference, Rally and Arrests, Thu, Apr 10:  

On Thursday, April 10 former Sudanese slave and rights activist, Simon Deng, will be joined by radio host Joe Madison "The Black Eagle," and hundreds of Southern Sudanese for a press conference, rally and arrests. 

The event will begin at 1:30 pm at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th Street, near Second Avenue in NYC. At 3:00 pm, the protesters will walk to the Ugandan Mission at 336 East 45th Streetwhich also houses the Southern Sudanese Mission, to deliver their demands for peace, reconciliation and an end to fighting and continued violence.  

Deng, Madison and others will seek arrest in front of the Ugandan/Southern Sudanese Mission, to draw attention to the plight of South Sudan. Ron Kuby one of the most well-known and well-regarded attorneys in criminal defense and civil rights, and co-host of WABC's Curtis and Kuby will represent those who are arrested at the event. 

"This a matter of life and death for Africa's youngest nation and its people. The administration, Congress and the United Nation can't stand by in silence. I was at the birth of South Sudan when this country and the UN pledged their support. Now is the time to act," said Madison.