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Buffalo’s Sudanese Demonstrate in Niagara Square

On Saturday, October 9, the Southern Sudanese population in Buffalo is gathering together for a peaceful demonstration on Niagara Square in front of City Hall from 11am to 1pm.

Dominic Diing, an organizer of the demonstration, says the event is scheduled to raise public awareness of the upcoming referendum in South Sudan.  The referendum, scheduled for January 9, 2011, gives the Southern Sudanese an opportunity to vote for unification with North Sudan or separation after over a half a century of civil war between the two factions.

“The United States government is lacking strength on Sudan diplomacy,” Diing says.  “People will be there saying what they desire on 1-9-11.”

The organizers want to get the message out to the public that this issue, which is laden with obstacles, needs community support.  Also, they want the government to know that they are calling for the referendum to be conducted peacefully and “without interruption by the government of Khartoum,” Diing says.

stephanie berberick