South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has warned against planned protestts, saying any forceful attempts to seize power in the country would be met with violent resistance.

In the past two weeks, a new group calling itself the Red Card Movement has been circulating calls online for a protest on Thursday with the hashtags #KiirMustGo and #SouthSudanUprising, with organisers appearing to be based mostly in the diaspora.

The movement appears to be inspired by street protests in neighbouring Sudan which led to the toppling of veteran president Omar al-Bashir.

Since last week security on the streets of Juba has been beefed up. However officials have said this was unrelated to the planned protests, but was in preparation for a public holiday Thursday celebrating those who took up arms in the fight for independence from Sudan, achieved in 2011.

Army spokesman Major General Lul Ruai Koang said the celebrations had been postponed by a week for final touches to preparations.