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Sudan’s NCP says its "cyber-Jihadists" ready to "crush" online oppositionists

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March 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in north Sudan has stepped up rhetoric against internet-enabled dissent, warning youth groups calling for regime change online that the party’s “cyber-Jihadists” are ready to “crush” them.

In a meeting with members of the NCP’s “cyber-battalion” in Khartoum on Tuesday, the party’s vice-president in Khartoum State Mandur Al-Mahdi warned opposition and youth groups engaged in organizing anti-government campaigns through social networking-websites such as Facebook and Twitter against the consequences of their action, saying that his party would “crush” whoever stands in its way.

The ruling NCP, which seized power in Sudan in a military coup in 1989, has recently been facing a surge of dissent inspired by popular uprisings in Tunisia and neighboring Egypt as well as worsening economic conditions in the country following the secession of the oil-producing region of South Sudan in a referendum earlier this year.

The ruling party reacted violently to few attempts by youth and opposition groups to stage street protests in the recent past, using its security apparatus to detain and intimidate a large number of activists.

This week the NCP accused students loyal to rebel groups from Sudan’s war-battered region of Darfur as well as certain political figures of being behind small anti-government protests on Monday – the second since youth groups staged anti-government protests on 30 January.

Al-Mahdi accused those whom he termed as “residues of communism” and members of his party’s splinter group the Popular Congress Party of wooing support from “others” against their fellow countrymen.

He added that their attempts to topple the government via the internet would be crushed by the NCP’s “cyber-Jihadists” who are currently leading “online defense operations.”

In the run-up to anti-government protests in 30 January, a number of NCP supporters posted messages on Facebook-based pages of anti-government groups warning people against responding to calls for protests and accusing anti-government activists of executing “foreign agendas.”

Recent attempts to stage anti-government protests in north Sudan in a manner similar to the ones that toppled deeply-entrenched governments in neighboring countries have failed to take on a mass appeal and revealed a lack of organization among youth groups and mainstream opposition parties, some of which are currently engaged in power-sharing talks with the NCP.

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  • 23 March 2011 09:24, by Redbull Geo

    Tunisia, Egypt and Libya didn’t depend on one city for the demonstration. They were trully organized and people with one view. What genuine reason can they give besides economic problem that came in as South broke away.

    When, we were struggling the very people stood firm behind Al Bashir and supported him in every possible way. I was in Khartoum when the first issue of Ocambo (ICC) appeared. the very youth and their elders took into demonstrations the total rejection of the arrest warrant. They went on to burn any paper or magazines which might have pictures of Ocambo.

    Why this rumours and we don’t want noises just very near to us. Bashir should keep you till when you will realize he has finished the blood in you all. He is a Vampire.

    If facebook and twitter are blocked or controlled, why not to use your mouth and decide only one day instead of Today, Tomorrow, Next tomorrow, next week, next month. We are tired, Try to hurry up and destroy you city faster after all you only depend on Khartoum city.

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  • 23 March 2011 09:43, by Redbull Geo

    The Khartoum North Court has convicted three youths who demonstrated in Monday’s anti-government protests in Khartoum. Head of the Defense Committee, Attorney Al Satea Al Haj, says that the first suspect was sentenced to three months imprisonment, while the other two were fined. Al Haj said that the protesting youths distributed leaflets insulting the President.

    On Monday, protestors moblized by a Facebook group called "Youth for Change" took to the streets in several towns in northern Sudan calling for change and "radical political reform".

    Look at this shameful arabs!!! How can a demonstration be led by only three Youths. Shame on you People, Do you think Tunisia, Egypt and Libya was organized or led by three people.

    I ask those useless boys of Khartoum to shut up or shut down completely. In order to avoid bad ending, better not to begin. Because if you are only three, then fuck you all...

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    • 25 March 2011 20:08, by AAMA

      Dear Redbull,

      While your comments sound like you are a racist and hateful person, I completely agree with you. The Sudanese people reached a pathetic and woeful state that they became cowards, liars, shallow and careless people. I personally feel ashamed to be a member this pathetic nation called the Sudanese people. Despite that, I now believe that the NCP will be kicked out of office because they are also cowards, liars, shallow and careless (at the end of the day puppet Bashir and his NCP are the ones who deformed the people of Sudan). However, this pathetic nation and its pathetic opposition leadership won’t be able to do it fast and more damage will be added by the shivering and fearful NCP.

      I also don’t understand why 10 or 15 people decide to go out and demonstrate when they know it’s not going to work and it will increase the self-confidence of the government in cracking them down? This is a very stupid idea!! Those demonstrators are just depressing people by showing their extreme weakness. They should wait until they have a large group (not less than 20 000 person) and if they can’t find that number then they should stay silent and work undercover in gathering supporters even if this takes months or years. Once they have a large group in the streets, people will feel safe to join them and the 20 000 will become 2 millions in few hours. At least that what the egyptians did. They gathered 40 000 first and then took to the streets, and people joined them as they felt safer in the middle of these thousands of people. This process should be done is every major city in Sudan and if the unhappy activists can’t do it then they should refrain from going out in the streets, but i do beleive it can be done, but they need to be organised and responsible because those activist are valuable assets in the process of regaining back our country as we used to know it. They shouldn’t be vunerable and alone in the streets.

      Peace.

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