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Sudan denies using force against protesters as opposition reports torture


June 30, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Police authorities in Sudan sought on Saturday to play down their response to the anti-regime protests of yesterday, saying they used minimum force to confront small groups of rioters, while opposition groups spoke of torture and abduction of protesters.

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Police beating demonstrators during protests in the capital Khartoum last year

In a statement published by the official news agency SUNA, the police press office said that the security situation in all towns and states of Sudan was ’stable’ following what it called the taking to the street by small groups of rioters.

The police statement refers to the demonstrations that broke out following Friday’s prayers in several parts of the capital Khartoum and at least 10 regional towns including Al-Obied in North Kordofan and Wad Medani in Al-Jazzera State as planned by opposition groups under the name “the elbow-licking Friday” of the Sudan revolts campaign against the rule of President Omer Al-Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

Heavily deployed police and plain clothes security forces used tear gas, batons and rubber bullets to break up the protests which initially started two weeks ago in response to government austerity plans of lifting fuel and sugar subsidies to make up for what officials say is a budget deficit of $2.4 billion US.

Opposition groups including the Islamist Popular Congress Party (PCP) and the youth group Girifna reported that many of their activists have been arrested or sustained injuries during the crackdown.

According to the police statement, however, the authorities used “the least amount of civil force” to confront the protests without there being any causalities or loss of life incurred in the process.

The statement confirmed that some rioters were arrested and will be brought to trial. The police statement further expressed confidence that citizens will not heed any attempt to “create chaos or undermine security”.

PCP officials who requested anonymity, told Sudan Tribune that the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has been waging a campaign of arrests among its members since the protests that erupted following Friday’s protests in Al-Obied town of North Kordofan State.

On the other hand, security authorities in North Kordofan on Saturday issued a statement denying any arrests among PCP members. Their statement said that a limited number of people who attempted to cause a riot following Friday prayers had been arrested and charged.

Girifna and other groups published photos on the internet of people with marks of lashing on their backs. The groups also said that the regime’s Rabata, the name activists use in reference to plainclothes security agents, abducted some of the protesters and took them to unknown destinations.

Meanwhile, the former presidential candidate and member of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Hatim Al-Sir, condemned the use of violence by Khartoum security authorities against peaceful demonstrations. Al-Sir said that the police had “crossed all redlines” by firing tear gas inside two mosques in Omdurman and Khartoum North to disperse would be demonstrators.

The DUP figure, whose party parted ways with opposition allies in December last year to join the government, went on to launch a severe attack on the Sudanese regime, saying it never learns from its mistakes and calling for its downfall.

He further expressed anger over the brutality with which protesters have been met, stressing that this approach will not deter people from peaceful demonstrations until their demands are met. He also said that all the arrests among activists will not scare them but fuel them to protest more. “If the rulers wanted reform, they should bow to the demands of the people otherwise they will pay the heavy price alone”.

According to Al-Sir, security forces raided the mosque of Al-Said Ali Al-Mirghani in Khartoum North and arrested a number of DUP youth members who were then taken to an unknown destination.

Rights groups including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) issued statements this month calling on Sudan to end crackdown on peaceful demonstrations and release all detainees.

According to HRW, Sudan security forces have arrested scores of protesters, opposition members, and journalists, beaten people in detention, used rubber bullets and even live ammunition to break up protests.


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  • 1 July 2012 07:59, by Jeti

    Keep denying but time is nearing for you to admit the truths.
    So many activists and protesters are missing, where are they?

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  • 1 July 2012 08:12, by homeboy

    Yes to peaceful demonstrations and civil disobedience ,big no to destruction of any property and looting,

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  • 1 July 2012 08:56, by Pif Paf

    Useless opposition parties!! I for one am not a supporter of the NCP but i find it difficuilt to support any other party because they are all useless. These opposition parties need to concentrate on reforms within their own parties and deploy clear visions so that we can support their cause, not to mention history is not on their side. These protests will be dealt with since they lack support.

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    • 1 July 2012 09:23, by zulu

      Wo, Wo, Wo! Pit pat,
      where were you all this time when the revolution was brewing? The Sudanese people have had ennough of the NCP. The NCP in a desparate move have shut down all communications to Sudan. that means, you are not in Sudan but either in ss or western world. the demonstrations are extremely taking toll of the ncp and when you defend without prove, you are useless.

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      • 1 July 2012 09:36, by zulu

        the unformidable ncp is finally collapsing. what they deny is not what the outside video is showing. and the world does not listen to lies but to proofs as the ncp has nothing to back its claim. us, canada and un have condemed sudan for its fistful response to the crises and the ncpis certainly going down.

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        • 1 July 2012 09:56, by Pif Paf


          Im right in the heart of khartoum my friend. I need not lie. You know a number of southerns were caught in these demo’s. They actually think if the NCP is toppled they will be allowed to stay in Sudan. lol. Its only opposition parties and shamasa trying to take advantange of the situation. Who cares who condemed Sudan? They have nothin on us. We are free and do whatever we please.

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          • 1 July 2012 09:58, by zulu


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            • 1 July 2012 10:02, by zulu


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    • 1 July 2012 10:34, by Crude Owner

      PIf Paf

      I feel sorry about your poor situation in Sudan but unfortunatley, there is nothing can be done to help your people at this time; however, removing Albashir and all his supporter is the only aternative for your beloved people to servive. So, please join the group and cupe him. Thanks

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      • 1 July 2012 10:43, by Northern Sudanese

        Crude Owner

        please look at your own country before calling sudan poor XD

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  • 1 July 2012 22:23, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Jalaby
    You’re behind the news, Omer Hassan El basher yesterday made a closed door meeting with SPLM, on how to assist him on crisis going on in Khartoum

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    • 2 July 2012 04:14, by Observer


      Did you not go past the airport on Saturday or Sunday and see whose jets were sitting on the tarmac.
      Makes it very interesting to see just which countries have suddenly turned up in Khartoum. Even more interesting why there has been no public fanfare or announcements of these- not at all like usual
      Oh I know what your spin will be. That they were here for the clebration of Bashir’s coup

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