Ten thousand jubilant Southern Sudanese crowded into the Juba Football Stadium, Equatorial Province, on Tuesday (June 9) at the start of the three days of celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the autonomy of Southern Sudan.
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Background: Ten thousand jubilant Southern Sudanese crowded into the Juba Football Stadium, Equatorial Province, on Tuesday (June 9) at the start of the three days of celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the autonomy of Southern Sudan.
A year ago, on June 9, 1969, the Revolutionary Government, which had seized power in a bloodless coup a month earlier, granted self-government to the three southern provinces of Bahr al Ghazal, Upper Nice and Equatoria.
Sudan's Head of State, Major-General Jaafar El-Nimeiry was away in the Central African Republic this week, and his place at the celebrations was taken by Major Abualgasin Mohammed Ibrahim, Minister for Local Government in the Revolutionary Command Council.The Major arrived at the Stadium surrounded by a bodyguard of soldiers armed with Soviet-made sub-machine guns and automatic rifles.
Many of the crowd were Zanei tribesmen who wore traditional dress and played indigenous instruments. Organisations representing branches of the various new youth movements springing up all over the country marched in parade chanting in Arabic 'The Sudan is one nation.
The three autonomous Sudanese states are inhabited by about four million people belonging to some 40 different tribes. They rebelled in 1963 in protest against Arab domination from the North; thousands were killed in fighting against Government forces before the right was won to rule themselves and run their domestic affairs directly.