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Sudanese activist arrested days after heckling ruling party official


January 1, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A young Sudanese activist has been arrested few days after becoming an idol in the eyes of oppositionists following his public confrontation with a fearsome government official.

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The young activist Mohamed Boshi was arrested after he critisized Sudan’s presidential assistant Nafe Ali Nafe

Mohamed Hassan Alim Boshi, a fresh graduate of engineering, was snatched at gun point on Monday’s afternoon from his house in one of Khartoum’s eastern suburbs, according to his lawyer Wagdi Salih, as cited by the BBC.

Boshi’s arrest happened few days after the emergence and wide-dissemination of video footage showing him berating the presidential assistant and deputy chairman of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Nafe Ali Nafe, in public during a symposium organized by NCP-affiliated students at Khartoum University.

In the video, the young activist described Nafe as the “worst human being and violator of rights.” He further warned the powerful government official that the Sudanese masses would soon rise and overthrow the government.

Boshi’s spunk has thrust him into the hearts of anti-government activists. A Facebook-based group created to praise him now boasts of over 900 fan members, and his photo continues to feature prominently in cyberspace activities of anti-government groups and individuals.

Speaking to the BBC, his lawyer said that Boshi remained incommunicado since his arrest, and appealed to Human Rights organizations to demand that the Sudanese government discloses the whereabouts of the young activist.

The lawyer further held the Sudanese responsible for his safety from torture and return to his family.

“We know why Boshi was arrested. He committed no crime except telling the truth in the face of a man holding a public position,” the lawyer said.

A petition calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Boshi was extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday. The petition argues that Boshi’s arrest contravenes Sudan’s constitutional obligations and the international conventions that the government has agreed to.

Sudan has witnessed an increase in dissent since the eruption last year of popular revolts in some Arab countries and the decline of economic conditions following the secession of South Sudan.

But the government has managed to contain several small protests, and its officials continue to voice confidence that Sudan is unlikely to experience a popular uprising.


Below is the video of Boshi’s public criticism against Nafe Ali Nafe


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  • 2 January 2012 10:09, by Konan

    Guys stop being racist. The guy is so lucky for being a Northern Sudanese citizen, if he were a Southern Sudanese he could dead by now. Intentionally or unintentionally the Govt. made him a hero and an opposition well known figure and that could be his genuine plan from the very beginning. Lucky he

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  • 2 January 2012 10:48, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA


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    • 2 January 2012 12:42, by mohammed ali

      Abdulla , hopefully we will never copy your type of freedom of speech, where you will be killed for the simplist reason.Those who are talking about racism Should pay a visit to Bipor!

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  • 2 January 2012 12:37, by mohammed ali

    The young man expressed his views clearly,it is up to Nafi to clear his name & defend his postion.Arresting him is wrong & unconstitutional.It is totally & absolutely condemened.He should be realeased immediately.If Nafi has got anything against him he should go to court.We want more of this young man to express their views freely and openly.Security wont solve politcal problem.Release him now!

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    • 2 January 2012 13:09, by DANDHEL

      M Ali:: sometimes you talk right and sometimes you totally talk rubbish but I salute you the way you want this guy to be release by your thugs regime.Hope you talk like that all day everyday rather then other rubbish talks you gave to Southerners..Happy New Year bro. Cheers

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      • 2 January 2012 13:14, by mohammed ali

        Danheel, nobody is pefect! May be some times you like my talk and sometimes you dont; such is the life, we may agree or disagree; but we should not hate. Happy new year to as well, hope peace & freedom will prevail all over Sudan.

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  • 2 January 2012 13:23, by abdullah

    Jalaby if your dictatorial regime allows freedoms, WHY have they arrested this young man for airing his views and standing up for peoples rights in face of the dictatorial regimes?
    The Dictatorial Islamic regime can arrest and torture the innocent citizens but they will not break the will of the Sudanese peoples for change, Sudanese peoples are burning for freedom and democracy. Boshi is a Hero

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  • 2 January 2012 17:32, by apalo

    It’s as usually and no one will be sprise of the things that happening in Khartoum the capital of the NCP arresting and killing civilliance
    and I want to remined Dr NAFI may be he forgot the evants of London or the slaps hands in Britian I was expected you to reduce some of your crimes so your name should not be mentioned to the ICC as there are already three of them BOSHI must be release immedia

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  • 2 January 2012 19:27, by Paul

    For the Sake of Politics, Nafi is NOT going to kill the young man. Ali Nafi himself, I wouldn’t be surprised he is forging cordial relationship with this young man at the moment. His courage to confront Ali Nafi makes him desirable to NCP killers. Two things will happened; They will either keep him in prison for a long long time or they will change him to their side somehow. TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!

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