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Sudan’s capital rocked by fresh protests

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October 11, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday experienced massive protests prompted by lack of public transport, leading to rare acts of vandalism and heavy deployment by police forces, eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune.

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A photo of the protest published by the Facebook-based page of Youth For Change

Public discontent over worsening economic conditions and the government’s perceived failures has recently given rise to increased dissent and concomitant protests in Sudan’s sprawling capital.

The wave of intermittent protests started in late September in the Burri area of eastern Khartoum and later spread to several parts of the capital. However, security and police forces managed to contain and prevent the protests from gaining momentum using their usual heavy-handed approach.

According to eye witnesses, the largest protest to date erupted on Tuesday in and around Jackson square - the epicenter of public transport in downtown Khartoum - after thousands of citizens found themselves without buses to take them home.

The witnesses stated that students of Sudan University for Science and Technology, whose western campus is close to Jakson Square, began to gather in the street and march towards Al-Inqaz Bridge which leads to Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman.

The witnesses also said that the protesting students and citizens were chanting anti-government slogans and clogged traffic on the bridge for several hours.

According to the witnesses, the protestors burned a car on the bridge and later attempted to burn an office of the national electricity corporation but police forces repelled them. The protestors were also shattering windscreen of cars, the witnesses added.

Meanwhile, anti-riot police units deployed heavily on all roads leading to the center of the tripartite metropolis as thousands of citizens had to go back home on foot.

(ST)

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  • 12 October 2011 09:59, by manyang2

    Thanks to bravers sons and daughters of North Sudan. The change is coming and it will come soon rather later. The dragonic fundamentalist regime in Khartoum serve nobody interest but the interest of NIF fundamentalists.

    My message to protestors in Khartoum is that freedom come at a costs. Do not expect to get your freedom on a golden plate. you are all aware of Arabs Spring.

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    • 12 October 2011 11:45

      Sudan’s capital rocked by fresh protest! Unless this is a different Khartoum where I am staying right now. This was Sudan Tribune "wishful news" Traffic accident had blocked Omdurman bridge and there wer no busses after 4 pm . Some people demonstrated and started throwing stones on the buses , but this had never reached the stage of " rocking " Khartoum . Some credibility is good for Sudan Tribune

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      • 12 October 2011 13:46

        Denying what’s going on in Khartoum is not going to make every economical problem vanished, just let the citizen express their grievance openly and freely. The question is, now what? You thought you were smarter than Southerners! It seems now that you’re a complete opposite of that!

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      • 12 October 2011 14:32, by Kalo

        Heee!!!!You the lair,stop denying the reality on the ground,do you think BBC was also telling the false information,we know that,the Regime of NCP refused the media to take the photos and broadcast,allow only the Fake Ashoroq and Sudan TV which favorate the NCP regime ,no way out the world have advance nothing can be hide from now ,you better tell the truth and shall set you free.

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  • 12 October 2011 11:45, by Runrach

    CONGRATULATIONS GUYS,change is something unpurchaseable but something you have to pay for. Change has rewarded the youth citizens of Tunisia, Egypt and soon or later people of Syria and Yemi will be in the same shoe, please act before the detatorial govt. enjoys you and lucky you got your wonderful support just somewhere at corner.

    Good luck but you got be careful otherwise you will fuel down.

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  • 12 October 2011 13:11, by wad burri

    Vandal acts are not welcome. The government must go now, but peacefully.

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  • 12 October 2011 14:04, by Wen Tek

    Dear North Sudanese,
    Freedom can not be given but earned.You have to make sacrifices in order to bring down the dictator and his club so that a new government of your choice may salvage the Sudanese economy.Your very blood and scarce resources have to be sacrificed if you want to be free at last.God will stand with you.

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    • 12 October 2011 15:29, by Makuei

      This is real: a friend from Omdhurman told few minutes ago about violence/protesters.

      But so bad the Sharia that divide the Country and brought war to Sudan can not save life nor solve all the problems.

      Bashir will never rest until Hague Court.

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    • 12 October 2011 15:38, by Nhomachot

      It is very bad for the ruling government in Khartuom to let her own people subjected to such suffering to the exetent of going to street.Please Bashir step down now now because they will not stop what they want from you because you fail to use good governance and that was why South Sudan break away from Sudan.Please step down today not tomorrow.

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  • 12 October 2011 16:08, by North Sudan Reader

    Dear Sudan Tribune

    since you are keen in reporting protests news there two important protests that have not been reported by you:these two protests are more important and significant than the one that you are repoting here
    1. One was in Wau.
    2. another was in Al Qasr street in Khartoum in front of Comboni (the protesters were South Sudan citizens).

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  • 12 October 2011 16:19, by wakeup

    The fat pig has at last admitted the economic hardship Sudan is facing. The begging spree to the Gulf states has yield nothing.

    Only the chosen few can afford to buy meat, sugar and other basic neccesities.

    Are there real Men in Sudan? I don’t think so..

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  • 12 October 2011 16:38, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    It is good that Arabs in the North should face the same situation we have in the South. Omer Bashir is stunted and he has no way to go. If he surrendered to the South, then we can not leave him. It is good that Arabs in the North should know what the Southern Sudanese people were been fighting since 1983 until the time for peace.

    Thanks
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 13 October 2011 08:39, by North Sudan Reader

      you said "It is good that Arabs in the North should face the same situation we have in the South" ..but do you really think that face the same situation you face in the south? No life here in the North is better by all means

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      • 13 October 2011 23:19, by North sudanese reader 2

        Dear Northsudan reader

        Being from the north myself I would love to know were u work? What you and your familly do for food and money? Because if you are anything but government or intelligence you would understand that the whole country is suffering from biggest business man to lowest incomes! People do not have enough to survive!

        If you also understood politics you would know that south Sudanese delegation that went to Khartoum was asked for a loan by the northern government to try and salvage what is left in the economy, because our government has now left us with a defect of 5 billion dollars according to world bank and IMF reports meaning by November we could reach a stage were we do not have any kind of hard currency meaning prices will quadruple as dollar is likely to reach 7 or 8! Even if you are paid well by the government it won’t be for long because soon enough they won’t have enough money to steal and pay your salaries! Because they spent it on building their pockets rather than investing in industry and agriculture and finding an alternative to oil! The government is going whether they like it or not!

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  • 13 October 2011 11:25, by DK. MAKUEI

    Who is government to be blame.People are part of government and have right to criticize what they think will affect them. It is time to change NCP regime now....

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