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Sudanese youth seek to follow Egypt and Tunisia with mass protests

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January 29, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese youth have called for a mass demonstration on Sunday, inspired by the thousands of protesters who have defied authorities in Tunisia and Egypt by calling for their leaders to step down.

Emails, text messages and posts on social networking website Facebook have encouraged Sudanese to take to the streets of Khartoum to challenge the government.

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One of the images used by organisers and supporters of the planned demonstration in Khartoum on Sunday 30 January.

On Friday, thousands of protesters in Cairo ignored a curfew imposed by state authorities to continue demonstrations, which began on Tuesday. The anti-government rallies, on a scale never seen before in Egypt, led to clashes between protesters and security forces.

Echoing the uprising in Tunisia, which saw President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flee the country, tens of thousands of Egyptians in many cities went to the streets after Friday prayers calling for the removal of long serving President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak has rejected the calls for him to step down and instead instructed the army to try and restore order. He later announced that he would appoint a new government on Saturday to address the demands made by the protesters.

Analysts say that events in Tunisia and Egypt over the last weeks have emboldened citizens and opposition leaders across the Arab world.

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One of the images used by organisers and supporters of the planned demonstration in Khartoum on Sunday 30 January.

An email seen on Friday, which Sudan Tribune has paraphrased due to spelling errors, called for mass demonstrations in Khartoum on Sunday saying it was the ‘right time to rise against oppression and despair’.

‘Everyone could do something positive’ the email said, ‘we shall rise and leave behind passiveness… We have to do this, for our children to live with dignity… for us to live the life that every human deserves.’

‘If the Egyptians can break the fear barrier... so can we. WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR!!!’

The email, also posted on the internet, went on to note that previous Sudanese governments have been overthrown by popular uprisings.

Tunisia’s protests are being widely reported as the first time an Arab leader has been ousted by a popular uprising. However, Sudan, a member of the Arabic League, despite its significant non-Arab and non-Islamic groups, has seen two leaders deposed by popular uprisings.

In 1964 the October Revolution saw the end of General Abboud’s military regime and in 1985 Jaafar Nimeiri was deposed by the military after another popular uprising.

The email said the place and time for the planned demonstrations would be announced on facebook and encouraged people to ‘send it to your phone contacts..print it and give it to your neighbors.. in transport and in the streets ...bring other sectors along.. professions.. doctors.. workers .. start the fire’.

The organizers in Khartoum say they suspect that Facebook may be blocked by the government and have established various other websites to host information about the protests. The Tunisian government blocked Facebook and Twitter, another networking website, to try to stop the protests there two weeks ago.

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The messaged received when trying to access website tinyurl.com, a website used to shorten websites so than can be used with the social media website twitter.com, from inside Sudan from Jan 26-28.

For the last three days tinyurl.com, a website that makes website addresses smaller so that they can fit into the 140 characters allowed on social-networking-tool Twitter, appeared to have been blocked by the Sudanese National Telecommunications Cooperation. Compared to Facebook, Twitter is not as popular in Sudan and it is unclear why the site was blocked or if it was related to events in Tunisia and Egypt.

Organizers have also provided instructions on how to deal with tear gas if it is used by security forces.

The posting on Facebook said that the protest would be held at various locations in Khartoum and across the Nile in the city of Omdurman.

Like the protests in Tunisia and Egypt the organizers of the planned protests on Sunday present themselves as not being backed by any single political party but rather a mobilization of people with common grievances through word of mouth, mobile phones and social media.

The demands of the proposed Khartoum protests mirror those elsewhere, in that they call for action to be taken to address unemployment, price rises, lack of democracy and apparent dissatisfaction with a long serving president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir who has been in power since a 1989 coup.

However, Sudan’s situation differs from the regional tensions as the events in North Africa come at a time that is already extremely politically sensitive for Sudan’s northern government. As well as rising food prices, aggravated by an acute shortage of foreign currency reserves and a decline in the value of the Sudanese Pound, the north is poised to lose the oil-rich south of the country through a recently conducted referendum.

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One of the images used by organisers and supporters of the planned demonstration in Khartoum on Sunday 30 January.

The poll was agreed as part of a 2005 peace deal between rebels from Sudan’s south, where Christianity and traditional African beliefs are most common, and Bashir’s National Congress Party in the Islamic and Arab dominated north.

In recent weeks the jubilation of being at the cusp of independence in Sudan’s south has been in stark contrast to the mood in the north, where many see the separation of the south as a huge loss.

As of Saturday morning over 8,000 people have said they will attend Sunday’s protests in Khartoum, according the events Facebook page.

Facebook users have also shown their support for the campaign by changing the image that accompanies their account to one with the number 30, indicating the date of the planned protests.

On Friday evening police in some areas of Khartoum began searching vehicles traveling after midnight.

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  • 29 January 2011 09:10, by Bol Deng

    Good luck North Sudanese youth.

    The South Sudanese has been yearning for the government change but the youth plus those who have been blind by hatred insisted that they will eliminated the South while they forgot that they were looking for the right of every citizens in Sudan.

    Now, just followed our root because the problem that the South has been for decades is going to shift and the victims will be definitely the youth and the innocents.

    Democracy is something that can make you to be recognized.Go ahead with your demonstration for your right. Thanks

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    • 30 January 2011 06:51, by Deng Kur Gabriel

      To Youth,

      I just want to say that your decision to protest against the government is very wrong. you can see the people in the south they don’t protest although our government under splm is weaker and worst than NCP.

      I just urge all to rethink.
      thanks

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  • 29 January 2011 10:02, by Janafil

    South Sudan is free from the disaster that is going to happen in the North Sudan
    Hi dear youth go a head with your protest and be ready to face the challenges and we will keep injoying like what you were doing when we were in the bush.
    be carefull many life will be lost there is no democracy in the North!!

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    • 29 January 2011 21:50, by BE A MAN

      good luck N.S
      i wish you all the best for your planned protest and hope we the Southerners will enjoy the the show, South Sudan had been figting for over 21 years due to bad gorvenment, the so-called Kartoum gov’t, hahahahahahah, thank God that people are waking up from north Sudan.the question is, have you now realized hazard that Mr. Bashir has been doing to the country?, Bashir is a dead man walking at the moment amongst many opponent namely
      the ICC
      South Sudan
      northern oppositions
      and the youth who are now organising their Demos against the same Idiot
      Bashir should go to hell instead......... we shall enjoy in the south and watch you dying over the TV.
      by Mou

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  • 29 January 2011 10:35, by Sudan virus

    Demonstrating against dictator ICC indicted leader?

    99% risk!

    Sudan’s case is quite different from those of Tunisia,Egypt and Jordan.In Sudan-marginalization,Suppression of religions,corruption,inhumanity and encouragement of ethnicity among others are the issues.

    Price rise,unemployment and underdevelopment of marginalized regions ,had been used as a tool to cover the above problems by Sudan’s successive regimes.

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  • 29 January 2011 11:09, by Land-of-Cush

    That is always a problem with a country with no democratic wisdom. Protesting is a solution of death when people turn out in the mass on street. Tunisia and Egypt are example of this result. Let north Sudan do what they want as Omar took leadership of Sudan without vote.
    But we from south would have learns from them and choose democratic as a future for our nation.

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  • 29 January 2011 12:44, by zol aweer

    At long last the demonstration viruse is reaching finally in Sudan. Youth in Khartoum should come out in large number for successful demonstration, fear only God but nobody.
    If Tunis,Egypt can do why not us ?
    Be brave you guys are almost there !!!!

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    • 30 January 2011 18:25, by Malek David

      Bashir done something gud this youth need to be finish. Bashir oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee? police pliz u must kill this group.

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  • 29 January 2011 15:36, by Obol Sam Gabriel

    Bravo!bravo!it’s your right as youth because the future happier base on your struggle but remember to achieved your freedom notice their will be lost of many life.And so we the Southerners has no option to contribute in whatever you are going to do on Sunday but i can say go ahead .BY OBOL SAM KING COLLEGE LONDON.

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  • 29 January 2011 18:23, by Thondet Manyang

    Dear Southerners,
    this is a plan for stopping us separate from North.

    Copy and paste is good only in electronic works like computer but in the government of such Bashir and Mubarak. People shouldn’t play with lives aimless. Who doesn’t know Bashir rigime? Better people think for other means of removing him from power it was good during elections but he was voted in by same people who are complaining. I am not suporting that demonstration since it will result negatively on referendum result. Let them not talk of Sudanese Youth as if the South youth are involved. I condamned it I don’t want to hear it.

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