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Sudan clamps down on opposition protest, detains dozens

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March 9, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese security forces arrested and beat dozens of opposition activists soon after they began their planned demonstration in downtown Khartoum on Wednesday, drawing condemnation both domestically and abroad.

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Sudanese anti-riot police using batons to disperse demonstrators in Khartoum on October 9, 2010 (file/AFP)

Opposition activists disregarded earlier warnings by the police that their planned protest would be an unlawful act and convened around Abu Genzir square in central Khartoum on Wednesday afternoon, chanting slogans calling for the downfall of President Al-Bashir’s government.

Hundreds of anti-riot police reinforced by plain-clothed agents of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) swiftly moved in with batons and dispersed the protestors as soon as they started to gather in the square.

Over 50 opposition members were arrested and released during the evening including the leader of the Sudanese Communist Party, Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud, the leader of Sudanese Congress Party, Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, and the leader of Unionist Nasserist Party, Gamal Idris.

In a press conference he held later, the chairman of the opposition National Consensus Forces, Farouk Abu Eissa, denounced the arrest of Nugud and other opposition leaders. He also condemned the harsh repression against the protesters saying the "country is ruled by a group of gangs" who disregard the law.

He also said the strategic goal of the opposition is to overthrow the regime and to restore democracy, rule of law and justice for the marginalized Sudanese.

The Sudanese government of President Al-Bashir, which has ruled the country since 1989, has squashed all anti-government activities in the past but its response to dissent has recently escalated after popular protests in Tunisia and neighboring Egypt toppled governments which were in power for decades.

A day earlier on Tuesday Sudan conducted a similar clampdown on female activists protesting against human rights abuses and the alleged rape of a young female activist by three NISS agents last month. The incident coincided with the world’s celebration of International Women’s Day.

Sudan also violently responded to small anti-government protests on 30 January in Khartoum organized via the internet by youth groups, arresting dozens of youth activists who have been reportedly subjected to several forms of physical and sexual abuse.

"The Sudanese government must immediately release all demonstrators" said Erwin van der Borght, Africa Director at the global human rights organization Amnesty International in a press release on Wednesday.

Amnesty International noted that some of those arrested include “prominent human rights activists, politicians and journalists.”

The opposition Democratic Unionist Party condemned in a press release seen by Sudan Tribune the campaign of arrests waged by security forces against political leaders and activists as well as the “brutal” manner in which the security authorities dealt with protestors at Abu Ginzeir square.

The party called on the government to enter into a dialogue with the opposition in order to extricate Sudan from its crises.

Numerous groups created on social networking sites such as Facebook by Sudanese youths have been calling for mass mobilization against the government, which is faced with an economic crisis after the oil-producing region of South Sudan voted to become independent in a referendum earlier this year.

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  • 10 March 2011 12:21, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

    There is no room for the opposition parties. If you want to overthrow the Government be united into one main opposition party. Advise your supporters to join the organised forces and the Sudan Army forces and then start a protest. Your army soldier or any organised force soldier will just turn against NCP soldiers. From there you will topple Bashir. Otherwise, it is your own make.

    African-Arabs are creating more parties for no reasons. Fighting for food only and nothing else.Or You need to resume your National Democratic Alliance party and with Guerilla wings to back you up.

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    • 10 March 2011 13:39, by Sudani Logik

      Racist shimally’s, Mohammed and Jalaby,

      This is the kind of security agents you’re proud of and do your dirty cyber propaganda on their behalf.

      When the revolution comes, your likes will be dealt with in Kober. Always ass licking the NCP gang. But then again you will probably switch side to avoid justice as you are cunning as well as bigots and misguided.

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      • 10 March 2011 17:39, by mohammed ali

        Logik’

        Be logical once in your life!Gadai’s and M ubarak huge security forces did not stop the change!

        The security forces only gave a ride to your "over eighty years old" senile and demented leader and dropped him home safely!
        Alsadig Al mahadi and Faroug Abu Essa did not even appear both over 75 yeras old , neither did Yasir Arman or the Secretary of Al- Turabi’s party !Less than 500 people assembled in central Khartoum without affecting the traffic!These people are expired and cannot make any change and we donnot want them.Al Bsheer is million time is better than them!

        We need change and it will come , but not by you or your likes or even by your senile leaders!

        Cyber propoganda is your way of doing politics! Like that lady who made millions by marrying an over 80 years old, or the recent lady whose family reported that she was missing for one months then she appered, coming from Juba complaining that she was rapped three days ago!She put her reputable family in dilemma!All the so called "human right organization" started parking for nothing!

        These are you types of Jalabba ya Jalabby! Selling themselves, people and country for their own greedy and selfish agenda!

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        • 10 March 2011 19:32, by Deng Tut

          please there is no any raped conducted by the GOSS, unless your are blind, the GOSS spreading the awarness of the abusing of Human Rights by its citizen; where do you get this information, is it from NCP? as usually they want the division amongs the GOSS, but brother you are not the politition which can belind our eyes. the most of the Southerners now adays graduate from some Western World Countries and let me give you some advise, to reduce your hatred against the Southerners. it will not happen and never happened or will be happening to rape a girl or a women in that promise Land, the Land is a whole which does’t need such a thing to be done or doing in the new Republic of Southerners Sudan, first of all you are slave of Arab from middle East. your grantfather are just came without home Sudan seeking a place to refuge, we the really people of the Land leave you the part of Sudan for today only but wait for some years and itis very painful to us but enjoy it may our close brothers and sisters from Darfur may rebell against you and take their part; don’t forget one thing we are not living you Sudan just a arrangement, we are coming back after all to rescue our belove blood from kush over all forntier of Sudan.

          in addition to that, concerning the Arab politics in our World nowaday, I hope you are aware about what happened in Africa, be careful please with your Islmisc.
          we know you better then the rest of the World and we speake Araba better then you, we learn and understood your behaviour. can you imagine what it means, don’t play with the Southerners, will be dangerous for you. advise you people and friend about that matter.
          Deng

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  • 10 March 2011 13:42, by Liberator

    Dinka Dominated(__) none & Bor criminals

    You’re simply stupid! Chuol barow was being persued by forces ordered by Nyuon Bany. Jul Kiir was one of the greatest commanders from Eastern Jikany. How could this people raped their own families is beyond any human logic.
    please stay away if you’re defender of Kuol Manyang a genocidal maniac of Taposas and cold blood murderer of all Lou & Nuer SPLA officers who were deployed all over Equatoria regions in early 1990’s. including one of the bravest commanders from Lou Nuer ’Gatwech Kuany’’(R.I.P).

    Kuol Manyang, Salva Kiir are all criminals

    Gier Chuang( a torturer of many recruiters out of Itang,Punyingo, refugees camps and Damidolo district).
    Please there is digital evidences on all these crimes, no one will get away with it.!

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