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Sudanese police in second crackdown against dam protestors

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December 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese capital Khartoum has witnessed a second round of demonstrations against a government dam project upcountry as President Omer Al-Bashir pledged to find a quick solution to the issue.

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Anti-riot police forces on Thursday fired teargas and used batons to disperse a protest staged in downtown Khartoum by dozens of students affiliated to, or acting in solidarity with, Al-Manasir, one of three tribal populations which incurred severe losses of properties due to the construction of Merowe Dam in their homelands on the Fourth cataract of the River Nile, 350 kilometers north of Khartoum.

A similar crackdown was meted out earlier on Tuesday against Al-Manasir demonstrators in downtown Khartoum, leading to the arrest of around ten protestors.

Thursday’s protest moved to the University of Khartoum where several other students joined the protestors, eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune.

Around 300 students marched out of Khartoum University’s main campus, chanting slogans denouncing president Al-Bashir.

Police forces then arrived at the scene and clashed with the protestors, firing tear gas and chasing them inside the campus. Dozens were arrested, according to the witnesses.

The police also dispersed another protest staged later in the evening by female students affiliated to Al-Manasir. The students had earlier blocked the road in front of their house near Khartoum University and chanted slogans calling for overthrowing the government.

These protests came one month after Al-Manasir started a sit-in in El Damer town in the Nile River State to protest against the government’s failure to compensate them for the damage of their properties.

Meanwhile, president Al-Bashir held a meeting with the Nile River State’s governor Al-Hadi Abdallah and discussed Al-Manasir issue. The governor told reporters following the meeting that Al-Bashir had promised resolve the issue “within days” and declared his intention to visit the state in mid-January.

The construction of Merowe dam, which was financed by China, the Arab Fund for Social & Economical Development, the Saudi Fund for Development and other Arab funds at a cost of more than 2 billion US dollars, has displaced more than 100,000 local persons belonging to three riverian communities, Al Hamdab, Amri and Al-Manasir.

Local opposition to Meroew dam began in 2003 when its construction started. In 2006, a militia linked to the Merowe Dam Implementation Unit (MDIU) attacked a peaceful protest by local communities with live ammunitions, killing three people on the spot and injuring more than forty.

According to Sudanese and International Human Rights Organisations the Merowe Dam project has been marred by massive human rights abuses since its inception. Members of the affected communities have been subjected to detention, torture, injury, and killings.

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  • 23 December 2011 07:15, by SeekingTruth

    CRACKDOWN AFTER CRACKDOWN!....AND TEARGAS AFTER TEARGAS AFTER TEARGAS!... IS THE ONLY WAY THIS REGIME IS SURVIVING THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY WHICH SEEM TO BE WORKING FAIRLY FOR AL-BASHIR SO FAR BUT THE IS: HOW LONG WILL HE KEEP DOING THAT TO STAY IN POWER? GOD CAN’T HEAR SOMETIMES BUT THEY (SUDANESE PEOPLE) HAVE CLEARLY DENOUNCED YOUR PRESIDENCY MR.!

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    • 23 December 2011 07:18, by SeekingTruth

      CORRECTION: QUESTION IS*

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    • 23 December 2011 11:26, by Logic

      Seeking T

      The usual northern bigots will comment some time during the day about how great the Bashir regime is and how these protesters are probably drunk...lol.lol.lol

      Bashir is a joke of a president who now takes orders from SAF generals in order to survive and keep his enemies at bay! His days are surely numbered as the SRF are coming...

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  • 23 December 2011 07:19, by Peter Marko

    Al-Bashier days in power are number. Now, people start uprising in Khartoum. At the same time, Dr.Khalil with his armed rebels are in their way to Khartoum for a second time. The Justice and Equality Movement has just broke that they are in their way to khartoum, and most of the news agencies such as aljazeera, newspapers in khartoum have confirmed the it.

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  • 23 December 2011 07:20, by Peter Marko

    correction
    the newspapers in khartoum have confirm it.

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    • 23 December 2011 09:08, by sober

      Hello day dreamers. At 1rst of April 2011, it will be no southerner allowed to be in (KHARTOUM) . I mean those guys live in KHARTOUM – 3 and Elamarat, hiy elzohoor and dream fall down of the government and stay in KHARTOUM forever. Remember 1rst of April 2011.

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      • 23 December 2011 09:41, by sober

        Remember 1rst of April 2012.

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        • 23 December 2011 10:38, by SeekingTruth

          IT SHOULD BE FIRST OF APRIL, NOT "FIRST AT APRIL" TRY HOW TO WRITE IN ENGLISH BEFORE U HUMILIATED YOURSELF IN PUBLIC WEBSITE SUCH AS THIS.

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          • 23 December 2011 10:40, by SeekingTruth

            CORRECTION: "ON FIRST OF APRIL"*

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            • 23 December 2011 19:53, by sober

              SeekingTruth , English is not my MSTER language.

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  • 24 December 2011 09:11, by abdullah

    This dictatorial regime cannot stop the will of the people through beating innocent people and by bloacking democratic protesters, with allah help we will bring down this illegal regime Inshallah

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