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October 9, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Clashes erupted between pro-unity supporters and pro-southern Sudan independence in Khartoum when a small group of Southerners demonstrated calling for separation during a pro-unity rally.

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Sudanese police use batons to disperse demonstrators who were calling for independence for south Sudan during a pro-unity rally in Khartoum on October 9, 2010 (AFP)

The group estimated to be composed of 30 to 40 southerners held placards supporting southern Sudan independence and shouted slogans for separation during a government sponsored pro-unity rally in Khartoum on Saturday.

Organized by the National Organization for the Support of Unity and Referendum, the pro-unity rally gathered over 2000 people who shouted slogans supporting Sudan’s unity and denounced an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir over genocide and war crimes in Darfur.

The unity rally, meant to show the visiting UN Security Council delegation the popular support for President Bashir and display Sudanese attachment to preserve the unity of the country. Khartoum accuses some western governments of supporting separation.

Pro-unity supporters asked pro-independence group to leave and shouted them. The riot police intervened, after the clash between the two camps, against the pro-separation group and used batons to disperse them and arrested some.

Yasir Arman SPLM deputy secretary general, commenting the incident, called to provide an opportunity for the both camps to express their views. He further said the repression of separation supporters is breaching the essence of the right of self determination.

Arman further told Sudan Tribune that he held a meeting with some SPLM officials in the national government and parliament including Bol Lwal Wang, State Minister at the Ministry of Justice, who asked the attorney general to release the detained protesters.

"This evening all the arrested were released except one," Arman said.

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  • 10 October 2010 05:43, by Akot Deng

    there is a saying,< bit what you can chew> we all know very well that its the right of our compatriotes in the north to execrise there support for seperation but the ground is not well level for the political competion to kick off, i think those Southerners in the north are truely nationalists but we are also worried of hindering their lives from the greed Arabs, therefore the playing ground was first decided to be in the South so we call upon our Southerners in the North to be tacticle until the reach the political beach in the South.

    thanks

    Aurelio Akot Deng

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    • 10 October 2010 06:52, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      The arrest of pro-independence southerners in Khartoum shows that NCP is not willing to give freedom of expression for the two options of secession and unity.

      Why arrest pro-independence protesters and leave alone pro-unity protesters?

      And why arrest any in the first place?

      Khartoum should be told to stop that practice of thugery!

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    • 10 October 2010 08:39, by mayom maboung marek

      our Nationalists in the sea of Jallaba, you have dedicated your effort guys but those NCP Political accessories [supporters of unity]want to harm. we are tired of their work—representing of the south by second, second, second and second vice presidents in half of a century.

      For this consideration, All the nerves and jaws of south Sudanese Nation are alert and open.

      please take care

      mayom mabuong M.

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  • 10 October 2010 06:20, by Malou Manyiel

    Dear South Sudanese,

    The warning against South Sudanese living in Khartoum by the Information Minister last 2 weeks, has been stepped up by police and Northerners.
    But we South Sudanese living here are ready to be the first martyrs for our freedom. Never ever can we keep quite to hide our rights for the fear of being killed or so. We must stand up and fight for our rights to the end, till the fat lady sings.

    Malou Manyiel
    South Sudanese student in Khartoum

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  • 10 October 2010 07:03, by DASODIKO

    Its not adviceable for people to fight now. niether secession nor unity has happen for people to fight!! I think both sides have rights to fight when irregularities or anything that hampers the rsult of the referandum happened.

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  • 10 October 2010 07:09, by Chuanga-enoor.

    First of all i dont want to hear the exception, i want them be release all becoz the one who remain in prison will not be seen again here in Sudan.

    Thanks to my fellow patriotist South sudanese who demand and demonstrate for separation in the centre of the enemy line, though you are limited in numbers those 2000 pro-unity supporters will enjoy ur recent suffering after referrandum, they dont know what they are doing as Jesus Christ said to those Plastinians who killed Jesus. We have to face so many challeges, we have to pass very deep deep valleys to reach our independent South Sudan.
    We must not give up the agonies we face, we must suffer hard as we seen our patriotic South Sudanese Salva Kiir and P,agan wene Amuom have been doing , Speaking Insight without fear.
    Fearing has done nothing to South Sudanese of 1956-1975.
    thanks brothers Our Almighty God will always be with South Sudanese anywhere in this world.
    Augustino Agog from Malou.

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    • 10 October 2010 08:26, by john wenesa

      Dear Southern,s

      I will like to thank God in the beginning cause with out him we will not able to achieve all our gold.

      To be in short why were we in war with the north for all these years?
      Answer your self as southern Sudanese

      we have lost our beloved one for the seek of having our freedom as southern and rule our self. the soul of our Hero’s will not rest on the ground until the date they we will be independent Southern Sudan,
      We want to show the world that we were fighting all these time for our independent and freedom southern Sudan.

      And also to reach to that point we need to sacrifices our soul as our supporters in Khartoum have started

      Long Live independent Southern Sudan
      Long Live SPLM / SPLA
      Long Live Youth fro separation

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  • 10 October 2010 07:50, by humanbeing

    i am so proud for southerner who are stood up for the indepedent of their new nation, however, many of them put thier life in high risk, because therefore is no freedom of expression or no freedom speech, i think that is why many southerner prepare indepedent so that, they will live in a nation free of restriction. since Britain left the country, no freedom has been enjoy by southerner and other part of Sudan. it is now a choice for the people of South to exercise their in a free nation. New Nation ooyee

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  • 10 October 2010 11:43, by makuei

    Yes Southern Brethren. Go! Go! Go! Mobilize and aware your fellow brothers who are still hesitant. Make them know the importance of us having a Country where no one will treat us as Second Class citizens.
    Do not be afraid, hold your heads high. Make Bashir know that we are fed up with him.

    Raphael

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  • 10 October 2010 14:43, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Let pro- unity not play the first bullet will be fired inside Khartoum which will be more worst then that of Dr. Khalil of Darfur.
    watch out the clock is ticking to zero hours.

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  • 10 October 2010 17:12, by Abraham Majur Lam

    Arresting Pro- Separation is the enough evident that Bashir Gov,t is not interesting the unity. Why person is detained? Arman has to check on this person they may butchered him since it is the gov,t which is good in killing people. All Separation supporters are already to face any situation. let keeep eyes on Bashir gov,t.

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    • 10 October 2010 21:35, by Timdor

      Bravo Bravo Guys,

      You made yourself into the history of Sudan.The guys arrested have become the students in South Africa during aparthied regime where Safarina and her groups became activists and remain victims of the white greed people like the Arabs in the Sudan.

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  • 11 October 2010 15:18, by Spla Commando

    ’’Be Part of history vote for secession on the 9th Jan,2011
    send this to 10 people and win yourself Africa’s brand new Country’’.

    SPLM YOUTH LEAGUE

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