South Sudan protest against UN after weapons found



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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of young South Sudanese men have rallied in protest of the United Nations after the discovery of weapons, including land mines, inside a U.N. truck that was marked as carrying food.

The rally participants marched through the city on Monday and shouted slogans of support for President Salva Kiir while also denouncing Hilde Johnson, the top U.N. official in the country. Protesters accused Johnson of supplying arms to rebels fighting South Sudan's government.

On Friday U.N. spokeswoman Ariane Quentier said it was "regrettable" a 12-truck U.N. convoy marked as food was discovered carrying weapons.

The discovery has fueled even more skepticism of the U.N. here. Anti-U.N. sentiment began growing in January when Kiir described the organization as a "parallel government" and ardent supporter of rebels.

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