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Sudan calls for a Muslim boycott of Denmark

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February 27, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — President Omer al-Bashir vowed on Wednesday to ban Danes from Sudan and called for a Muslim boycott of Denmark before a crowd of tens of thousands denouncing the country at a government-backed protest against a cartoon satirizing the Prophet Muhammad.

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Sudan’s Omer al-Bashir gestures at a rally in Khartoum protesting the reprinting of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed in Danish newspapers, February 27, 2008. (Reuters)

Earlier this month, 17 Danish newspapers reprinted the cartoon showing Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban, a gesture of solidarity after police in the Scandinavian country said they uncovered a plot to kill the cartoon’s artist.

The rally outside al-Bashir’s palace in Khartoum was the biggest protest in the Muslim world since Danish papers reprinted the cartoon, seen by many Muslims as insulting to their religion’s most revered figure. The demonstration raised fears that renewed protests over the cartoon, so far small and scattered, could grow.

"We urge all Muslims around the world to boycott Danish commodities, goods, companies, institutions, organizations and personalities," al-Bashir told the crowd.

"Down, down, Denmark!" shouted the protesters. Al-Bashir vowed that "not a single Danish foot will from now on desecrate the land of Sudan."

It was not clear whether al-Bashir would expel the two dozen Danes who work in Sudan, mostly in aid organizations and as peacekeepers in southern Sudan and Darfur. The Danish Charge d’Affaires in Khartoum, Karin Soerensen, said her mission had not been notified of any order for Danes to leave and would not comment whether there were any plans to evacuate them.

Al-Bashir’s Islamist government has frequently used perceived insults to Muhammad to rally support for the regime and opposition to international pressure to accept U.N. peacekeepers in Sudan. He has barred peacekeepers from Sweden and Norway from a U.N.-African force in the Darfur region because papers in those countries ran similar cartoons in the past.

Khartoum began enforcing a ban on Danish products Tuesday.

If Sudan moves to try to expel Danes from the peacekeeping force in the south or from the Darfur force known as UNAMID it would further strain ties with the U.N., where some officials have complained that Khartoum has been trying to hamper UNAMID.

Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for UNAMID, which includes a few Danes, said the U.N. had not "at this stage received any official notification" about an expulsion of Danish subjects from Sudan.

POLITICALLY MOTIVATED ACTIONS

The Danish government did not respond to al-Bashir’s statements Wednesday.

But Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller suggested Tuesday that the Sudanese actions were politically motivated. He pointed out that Sudan had used anger at Norway and Sweden as a means to bar those countries from sending peacekeepers to Darfur.

He also said al-Bashir’s stance was "the prolongation" of Sudan’s threat to lash a British teacher last November because she let a teddy bear be named Muhammad as part of a class project. The threat was widely seen at the time as a means to fire up anti-Western feelings among Sudanese.

"That is the line they (the Sudanese government) have opted for," Stig Moeller said.

He said a boycott could affect Sudan’s hopes of joining the World Trade Organization.

Speaking to Danish public television, Moeller warned that protests around the region "can become worse."

Sudan was one of the nations where large protests were held against Denmark in 2006 when the cartoon and 11 others depicting Muhammad and Islam were first published. In riots that followed around the Muslim world, dozens of people were killed and several Danish embassies were attacked, while Danish goods were boycotted.

Khartoum’s protest was peaceful Wednesday, ending after several hours. The rally failed to muster the 1 million participants sought by the organizers, the Popular Front for the Defense of Faith and Religion, which backs al-Bashir’s ruling National Congress party.

The protesters carried banners reading: "We love you our dear prophet," and shouted, "We will protect our prophet, we will not be intimidated by America!"

Some media and Islamic clerics in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and Egypt have called for new boycotts of Danish goods. Yemen’s parliament on Wednesday called for a boycott and ordered the halt of activities of the Yemeni-Danish Friendship Society, a small, recently formed non-governmental organization.

Danish exports to Sudan are minimal, consisting mainly of dairy products. In 2006, they amounted to $23 million. But Sudan is one of the largest recipients of Danish aid, $26 million in 2006 and a $100 million humanitarian and reconstruction package is planned through 2009.

(AP)

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  • 28 February 2008 02:48, by sudanson

    Just empty words

    right now i do not see any Muslim or Arab country that have the balls to do that. take care

    Sudanson

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    • 28 February 2008 03:18, by Dhieu Dok

      17 months after reprinting? What dumb ass are they? Even real muslims are not protesting! What a shame? They should have protested when all the Middle East and Islamic affliated nations were demonstrating. This is the tactic of Beshir government to use Islam as a means to their political ends. They should stop all their unintellectual theocracy and political backwardness and focus on the matter at end rather than being hypocritical. The muzzy political goons in Khartoum will never stop the nature from taking it own course. Although Beshir and his stone aged hoodlum are still acting indignantly, Prophet Mohammed has even forgiven the culprits long time ago just to underscore.

      Dhieu Dok

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  • 28 February 2008 05:17, by James James

    First of all, Sudan was not, and will not be Islamic country, this empty minded dogs should leave Sudan and begin moving back to Saudi Arabia in order for them to go and carry out their meaningless protest their.

    I have never seen the God taken care by creatures, God should be the one who should protect creatures. Likewise, Muhammed should protect Muslims, not muslims to protect Muhammed, this is ridiculus. I know muslims are still hunting to find out whether Muhammed was really true God or was just Bin Laden like islamic terrorist/foundamentalist of 1560s BC.

    Please stop nonsense, and give the world break.

    I hope you understand.

    God bless

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    • 28 February 2008 08:40, by Thon Manyuon

      Shame on Arabs who demonstrated against Danes in Khartoum,Sudan is not Islamic nation.And to avoid such against your prophet,stop terrorism and if you don`t then Danes have rights to print the cartoon representing Muhammad carrying the bomb at his back.Thus understand the word Sudan before you do your stupid demonstration in our city

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      • 27 January 2009 19:19, by Kevin

        Thon Manyuon stop barking shit man ...Saudi feeds Sudan as a matter og fact Sudan is the one who begs all the time.You filthy bastard think b4 you say and stop licking your mom anus.

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    • 27 January 2009 19:17, by Kevin

      You mother fuckin filthy cunth..why don t you send your mom to me so i can give exactly what she wants..But i should really punish her from her back to give a birth to a fucking scum bag like james.

      son of bloody whore why don t you join BASHIR as a corrupt assistant and sell your sister to him.

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  • 28 February 2008 14:14, by Lual Ajing

    what is wrong really with our president (Bashir) when there is no problems back home(Sudan)he when on to stir up problems where they are,i wander, he is not an Imam neither is he holding any position in the mosque,i urge Him to solve his position cases first after that he will have chance s of entering the worldwide, otherwise he should not jok with the country name.

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    • 28 February 2008 21:55, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

      Lual Ajing

      who is your president bloody stupid beshir is your president ok if your among Arabs group of gays please remove your anus from SS go and join NCP in their area.if you want to be friend with moor please and please away from SS as soon as they are still operating in NS

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      • 28 February 2008 23:22, by Lopolo Lokulang Sam

        Mr Logic, What is wrong with Lual Ajing’s comment does is straight againts Beshir ? It seems you are the one supporting Beshir.
        Brother, be critical to peoples arguments first before slushing on them like a blind mice.
        Be considerate to the media and the forum, becuase it comprises of individuals of diverse calibre not of your type.You are dealing with Intelectuals and profesionals. they are not the tabula rasha type of your kind!!.
        "Do not drink any liquid before it settles down!!"
        This isa brotherly advice which I know you will turn to your usual fuckin...Studpid !!!Pig... music!!
        You wont make a leader. Perhaps a group leader in Konyokonyo as you hinted somewhere in one of your querels over the web.
        My advice to the management of the forum is to scrap off from memebership such iresponsible peolple like you

        Lopolo

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        • 29 February 2008 13:53, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

          Lopolo Lokulang Sam

          this web is not your mother’s fucking vagina did you understand what i was talking about.where are you sleeping on the street nor bar.who is the properious trading worldwide bloody moron bitch.if i wont make a leadership its not bad,but dont regret tomorrow whether its not me

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          • 29 February 2008 16:48, by Ahasakmoi

            Logic boy or woman, I am disturbed by your daily nonsense and media polution, please while posting your article or comment, when you are facing such significant things, consider confidentiality while also respecting privacy. Are you really a well brought up human being or you are just an animal? because this is modern world where animals have right to acess the media. How can you utter such words into the media ?

            I am really worried which kind of future you will make !. Be considerate, elloquant and fluent in what you are saying than beating around the bush, I can guess that you grew up in the cral, even myself I grew in the same place but I and the rest in question can make difference with you. Why are you always on the confusing side ?, with your lack of assels as it look like some parts of your teeth are missing.

            If you have nothing to bring into the public, just keep quite and drink as we shall not entataint your awkwards presentations at all times. I request any one who knows the where about of this man to bring his right name so that he can know that what he is doing is not beneficial.

            I regretted that we have such people like you in sudan.

            Dgallas Tauderos
            Cairo University

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            • 29 February 2008 22:07, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

              Ahasakmoi i tell you de truth and fact of my view is that.the more you act the more you get.if anyone has replyed me in any indirect form than am here,need my name and full view its me famous logic ask same of your friends they knew me already.to avoid further words in public you have to dehorn yourself and come clean to my face

              thank you belove brothers around the glob

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              • 1 March 2008 13:38, by Allaman Ikoilaman

                Logic Boy,
                it is very illogical always to have you in this forum on the parallel end. What is the problem with your mind?. It seems you are abnormal and insane. Surely,some of these assumptions are true of your characters. Please,for the safety of your public status,I am really requesting you to change a little bit and stand on the right side where necessary.Contraversies are always there, but considering objective realities that every body in this main hall opposed to.Otherwise you are dealing with Eggheads and Elites in this forum,therefore,nonsensical utterances are prohibited. Be objective enough not to defame or poison politicians here.I have been ignoring your oblivious and nonsense but I must tell you that, you better change, earlier is the better.You have never delivered any constructive contribution here ,except fallacies ,do you think other people are like some of you?.Ready to give you a credit when you behave well next time.
                Kamalong Changar Abinangmoi.
                Cairo Wing

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      • 1 March 2008 13:44, by Lual Ajing

        Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy
        Thank for your commence, as the saying goes an empty tin always make more noise, the more you talk the more you are likely to mess, democratically he (Bashir) is not our president and remember at this moment in fact he is our president in general as Sudan,remember Bashir’s title (Sudan’s President) that is including southern Sudan (our country as you already suggested)that name is already at the back of my mind and i thought you are wise as i am, calling him our president will not make him ours if we hit him, i think you was not in the strangle as i was at the front line it is not the war of words that brought us to this end (peace) but through ..........! you will know if you where, otherwise i advice you to read and think twice before replying to any commence,it’s said that when you always converse with mindless person you will also adopt his/her habit of talking nonsensically so i urge you that if you don’t change the habit of replying any commence with no confidentially in what you are writing it will be of no sense and i caution you respect and honesty always,if you are really in your sense to make an a abuse to a person whom you don’t know prove that you are either immature or a mantle disorder,otherwise i advice all those who behave as you do to at least review their thought, in my understanding this web side was not created for joking but for the Sudanese to express their feeling/thought on a raised issue,late is better than never therefore it is not too late for you to correct your self otherwise i commence that whoever wrote any commence should also include his/her real name to be realistic and to show sincerity otherwise absent minded will always be joking on this side that might let people to loose hope on this web,
        thank you all may the Grace of Almighty God be with you all the Sudanese where they are and be their shield in their difficulties,
        Lual Ajing

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  • 29 February 2008 10:11, by Deng Aruei Yak

    great sudan gossip are claim to boycott and Denmark materaial which will not happen in Sudan as whole and particular to South of the country where we come from.muslim are not only sudanese in the country and demark should not give up for such rumours .all muslim are confused in our country i don’t know were they heading to and when are they going to come back to normal life of human being .thank God iam not from muslim community .please we will not give them chance to dominate the country , our land , our resouce and our right which we fought for more then two decades.we want Denmark to continue with the same spirit .
    God bless for misuse the prophet muslim and it as cartoon.
    Deng Aruei Yakdit

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  • 1 March 2008 13:15, by Ahasakmoi

    To the boad of Managing director, sudan tribne,
    Sir, with due respect, may I request your hamble office if they could remove off LOGIC BOY from the forum, this man or woman is making people to loose hope and faith in this forum, as an advice, may you kindly remove this person as he lacks what to do as that he can get time and reform.

    I am tired of logic insults and media pollution through uttarance of un neccesary words, using the same language.

    This is an advice to you for our good discussion.

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    • 3 March 2008 00:30, by John Amule de Lokolong

      To all brothers and sisters

      am so sorry to see a fool man like Mr Logic for being allow to take negative expression on this site,mr logic has become another HIV on this website for the reality of nominating it as his own toilet for throwing his waste materials (faeces) and i beleive,this guy has no bright future in my fundamental view,his only job of cleaning konyo konyo market is just spent on the nearest internet cafe for utering his barbaric opinions of being mis-trested by konyo konyo traders,mr Logic you better understand from the way when you enter a toilet do you begin realsing your faeces without taking off your trouser,can you act postive and reasonable if you have any dreams for your future.dont hide yourself be real sudanese we love you brother.

      show respect to others so that you well be respected for your own future mr Logic

      thank you lovely brother Amule de Lokolong

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