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June 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sporadic demonstrations erupted on Sunday in Sudan’s capital Khartoum as well as other parts of the country in protests against rising costs of living, drawing the usual violent response from police forces.

Protesters on the streets of Khartoum in January 2012 (ST)Eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune that students from the University of Khartoum (UoK) took to the streets on Sunday chanting slogans calling for the downfall of the government before they were forced to retreat to the campus after the police confronted them with batons and heavy tear gas.

According to the witnesses, tension is still high in and around the area where UoK is located in down town Khartoum.

Similar student protests took place on the same day at Shendi University in the Nile River State and the eastern town of Kassala.

A number of citizens also tried to stage a protest in the main bus station in Khartoum but the police managed to disperse them.

Khartoum police, since Saturday, meant to surround the universities and were deployed in the down town area to stop any attempts to mobilise on the streets.

Sudan has largely escaped the contagion of popular uprisings that swept across the Middle East, but the continued worsening of economic conditions is threatening increased dissent.

The Sudanese police announced in a short communiqué released on Sunday evening the arrest of seven people after a "limited student protest" at the education faculty UoK.

The police further urged the Sudanese not to follow troublemakers and rumour mongers who "aim to destabilize the security".

The opposition National Consensus Forces (NCF) called on the Sudanese, through telephone text messages (SMS), to wear textile bracelets for three days to express their rejection of the increased prices.

The opposition alliance further called for a campaign of sit-ins and civil disobedience throughout the country against the regime.

The NCF leadership organised a symbolic sit-in last Tuesday in the Sudanese capital to show their opposition to the increase of fuel prices, which is to be decided among other austerity measures.

The protests come ahead of plans by the government to end fuel subsidies as part of what officials describe as drastic austerity measures needed to fill a budget gap of $2.4 billion USD.

Sudan’s economy has been grappling with soaring inflation and a depreciating currency since the country lost three quarters of its oil production with the secession of South Sudan in July last year.

Inflation jumped to 30 percent in May, mainly on food prices, as the Sudanese pound continues to reach new lows on the black market for hard currency.

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  • 18 June 2012 06:35, by peaceful south

    A revolution is started by ONE person who persistently say NO (Jeffersen)

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    • 18 June 2012 06:41, by Dinkawarrior

      Those are the signs and symptoms of falling regime in Khartoum, there is no doubt in my mind that SRF is winning the war against National Crimes Providers (NCP). Everything is getting closer but Saudi Arabia is no long a safe haven for anyone to run into it.

      Hope is on the way! Hope is on the way!
      SPLA-Oye!SPLA-Oye!SPLA-Oye!SPLA-Oye!

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      • 18 June 2012 12:55, by mohammed ali

        Dinkworried, so what if there is demonstration or a revolution?! What does the SPLA has to do with that. You still dream that you are part of Sudan. You are not! SPLA is stealing money only from SS, they can’t come & steal our money here. We donnot like thieves!

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        • 18 June 2012 14:21, by Chol

          Ali, your claim that South Sudanese are still dreaming as part of Sudan doesn’t correlate to reality! South Sudanese initiate the separation and they made it happen from Sudan.

          Second of all, if you have any money to steal, your country wouldn’t be going down the drain economically before your eyes; you would use that money to stop it.>>>>

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          • 18 June 2012 14:22, by Chol

            South Sudan was your central bank for cash and now its shut-seal, claiming to have cash now is just a fantasy.

            The SPLM/A earned the money they have in their soil from their own resources. The notion that somehow SPLM/A is stealing money they’re earning in their land doesn’t make any sense.>>>>

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            • 18 June 2012 14:24, by Chol

              If Sudan had any money to steal, that would have made sense. Use your dictionary and define the word thief before you use it in a sentence and know the different between earning and stealing; your education would be worthless if you don’t know the distinction between the two.

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        • 18 June 2012 14:30, by Tiger

          Mohamed Ali.
          The demonstration is a signal sign of weakness toward your government which is falling down a parts,Dr.Garang says"Sudan will never be the same again"of course you have seen South Sudan has gone forever,Nuba Mountian,Blue Nile and Darfur will likely breakout and reform their own Country.

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        • 18 June 2012 19:01, by zulu

          Moh,
          What did you say last time when negotiations on oil transit fees were not in your favor? Oh! i remember. You said, the transit fees will up higher. Yes, and we still want to see that happen.
          For sure, our oil was your lifeline. Being stuborn and learning the hard way can be an impetus.
          We give you only until Novermber this year. The NCP cannot survive more than one year. GUARANTEED

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        • 18 June 2012 22:13, by panom lualbil

          MOHAMED ALI,

          DINKAWARRIOR meant SPLA-N oyee! Regime change in khartoum is the only solution. Whether it started with students or economic, it’s all about our brothers spla-n oyee! Most part of it was, ALI KARTI [foreign minister] is here on news crying 4 thousnad of billion USAD from EU Union to support khartoum economic as a PROMISED of signing CPA 2005 with south, but it seemed that deal was

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          • 18 June 2012 22:27, by panom lualbil

            MOHAMED ALI continued

            linked further to PEACE RESOLUTION of darfur, bn, kdf and delayed of CPA potocols which is your pain in ass, dude. Are you darfurian under slavery by khartoum? Or are you khartoumer who genocidal darfurians?

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      • 18 June 2012 16:56, by wadelsudan

        If there is regime change in sudan, the new regime will be harder on south than current regime, cpa does mean nothing to us , prepare for the worst spla.

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    • 18 June 2012 06:46, by zulu

      You mean the downfall of Beshir, Taha, Nefi and Harun is eminent? wow, I cant wait to see Jalaby, Mohamed, PitPat and SEE all in jail to pay for supporting the thugs. It is time, now to handover Beshit and Haroun to the Hague.
      South Sudan does not experience these demonstrations againts the government because we support fully the decision to halt oil from pissing through North again.

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      • 18 June 2012 08:34, by Northern Sudanese

        zulu

        if they demonstrate in the south they will get raped by the police XD

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      • 18 June 2012 13:00, by mohammed ali

        Zulu, just keep dreaming. I donnot like the price rise, so many pple donnot like it! It is still very much cheaper than SS.One " malwa of srghum in SS is 40 pounds here it is 10 pounds, that is 4 times more. PPle are dying of hunger there.They can’t demonstrate becase they killed by the thieves of the government of SS

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    • 18 June 2012 09:05, by Johndumo14

      Student protests erupt in Khartoum and other Sudanese towns is a sign that khartoum used to feed his people with stollen things from south sudan.Now south sudan shut down the oil,where will they steal? Let the sudanese stand up,it is the time to try a new leader ,who will make peace with south sudan,darfur,and blue nile.Albashiir is making things hard for sudanese people.

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  • 18 June 2012 06:52, by katnyokarieu

    kurnyel where re u? Will u not mark me right that ur step father beshit homar will celebrate rahamadan alkrim tomb or imprision this yr not reaching even reaching x-mass.
    suck s.sudan dick for ur cost of living to stablises.

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  • 18 June 2012 06:55, by Gunkills

    NCPs their days to go are numbered. This is the time for all Sudanese to wake up and bring down the criminals government. It is very shameful to be from a country that the president is wanted by ICC for his crimes he commited.

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  • 18 June 2012 06:57, by Mabior

    This i think should be a turning point in the republic of Sudan.please all sudanese should participate in these protests since it a service you all owe to your generations to come.it is from the change of this regime that your grandchildren can enjoy peace and prosperity with their counter-parts in the republic of south sudan.Forget about a regime that keeps you in a fake war in order to win internal unity.Bashir’s road to ICC is undeniable from this day onwards.One government must go down before end of 2012 between south and sudan.it happens to be sudan’s.Great news to Sudanese around the globe since you are in the process of building a paradise of peace.

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    • 18 June 2012 07:10, by homeboy

      Mabior,we certainly hope this will be the end of the corrupt racist NCP and the beginning of a new nation were citizens are treated equally regardless of their race gender and belief.The only legacy they leave is a divided nation full of blood sorrow and grief.

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    • 18 June 2012 08:32, by sudani ana

      Mabior. And what happened to the 400 character limit on postings? Are you a member of ST editorial team?

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  • 18 June 2012 07:11, by Madina Tonj

    The more Northern Sudanese want to keep Omar al Bashir the more problems they will faces conditions. The indictment and his guilty party NCP have been trying to fool North Sudan’s civilians when it come to conflict between North-South as a escapegoat however, many Northern Sudanese citizens begin to feel it the pain of economic. I am glad, we Southern Sudanese have gone for good out Shariah law

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  • 18 June 2012 07:13, by Kenyan the cushite

    we are just waiting for the NCP regime to collapse. i hope the SRF have made enough preparations. they need to attack Port Sudan North Kordofan and ombdurman. dont damage khartoum. we all the know the morale of the SAF is low. here in all east africans will be happy to get rid of mass murderers in Khartoum. hey must pay the ultimate price for their evil deeds

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    • 18 June 2012 07:33, by Dinkawarrior

      "I have a dream"

      Egypt and Libya are prepared for the worsts, the civil war a mong their people. The 22 years of war in Sudan will be better than what is going to happened in both Coountries.

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      • 18 June 2012 08:23, by zulu

        Zalaby
        The NCP had earlier said, they will not negotiate with south sudan unless security was at thetop of the agenda. now, it says they will not negotiate on security unless the border of 1956 was the basis. Before, they had rejected the border of 1956 and brought the one we rejected as we produced ours. what exactly do you guys want? You threatened to shutdown the pipeline, but we did it for yo

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      • 18 June 2012 08:26, by sudani ana

        Dinkwarrior. I am sure your dream will turn to nightmare when Sudan, Egypt and Libya start cooperating militarily against the Israeli threat coming from South Sudan.

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  • 18 June 2012 08:41, by Northern Sudanese

    i can understand these small protests.these type of protests are everywhere in the world even in the west. But they aren’t a threat. people have the right to be disappointed however, this is the situation. we have to deal with it in the coming 3 years. if we look at south sudan, their per capita is less than ours and they suffer 80% inflation and still no1 went on the streets ’they may get raped’

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    • 18 June 2012 11:55, by Reuben

      Northern Sudanse
      Will this government of Sudan really servive without South Oil.Imagine they will only save less than a billion from the fuel subsidies cut and the population of the country is over 35 million.War to be supported, american sanction, south Sudan sanction,pressure from Opposition, pressure from Hague.Pressure from UNSC This is a real hell.

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      • 18 June 2012 17:25, by Northern Sudanese

        Reuben

        the population of the country is 30 milion and only 26 milion of them are northern sudanese. 4 milion foreigners . SS sanction? are you dreaming? SS is only sanctioning itself by losing 98% of its blood, don’t make me laugh lol Hague? who gives a shit about the hague? UNSC? are you in a different world? lol hahahahahaa

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  • 18 June 2012 09:03, by Pif Paf

    People will protest and goverments will come & go, but the cause and war the sudanese people are fighting against SPLA will never go until victory. The CPA will always be there and the SPLA attempt to change it will never successed. SAF will always be ready at the border regardless of the goverment or protests.

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  • 18 June 2012 09:45, by E. Defense Forces
  • 18 June 2012 10:18, by garang kerubino

    Dear students,

    keep it up,God (Hallah) will stand with you all over North Sudan, freedom never come alone but through sweeting and blood shed, Mr. Bashir and his fellow criminals will soon leave sudan for sudanese to decide and elect their own leader who will do good for their nation.

    Kerubino Garang

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  • 18 June 2012 10:39, by solider

    israel was supporting the south rebels since 1960s.everybody thought ss people r israel’s beloved africans.but what happened now? why israel don’t want to fund LAMU pipeline project though they have enough budget to build 10 projects like that?why they r kicking ss migrants like garbage animals? open your minds and seek for the truth,don’t be naive when u deal with the killers of JESUS

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    • 18 June 2012 11:10, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

      You are totally out of your mind dumb boy, why are you so brainless like this? What you wrote here has no connection with what the article is about, please respect your ABCD that you know how to write them, education is now in the wrong hands, what a shame,

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      • 18 June 2012 12:13, by solider

        THEY PEOPLE’S POWER , i am responding to what E. Defense Forces wrote. read his artical, it is about jews kicking south sudan migrants out of israel like garbage animals

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  • 18 June 2012 11:04, by solider

    south sudan stayed undeveloped becoz of the civil war not any other reasons.if there was peace the south would’v been more developed than the north.but israel was fueling the civil war all the time. look at the jews they r showing their real face.they will never develope ss with oil pipelines or anything valuable.only weapons.and weapons means destruction.

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  • 18 June 2012 11:06, by solider

    south sudaness are nothing but NIGROS in the eyes of JESUS KILLERS ( THE JEWS)

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    • 18 June 2012 14:40, by Zionist

      solider
      To your dumb ass info, NIGRO is black in Spanish language, and what’s wrong with being Black in Africa? I’m a proud NIGRO do you’ve a problem with that? A fake Arab trying to insult South Sudanese people by using their colour of skin. Some Jewish people’re NIGROS, so what’s your point here and what NIGRO’s to do with the topic above?

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    • 18 June 2012 14:49, by ForAll

      solider

      You are 100& right even all northern Sudanese are nothing but NIGROS in the eyes of JESUS KILLERS ( THE JEWS)

      Many Darfurian refegees are in worst treatment in ISRAEL.

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  • 18 June 2012 15:32, by sudani ana

    Sudan Tribune

    Thank you for removing the obscene insulting comments against ISLAM posted by Umoja. Keep up the good work.

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  • 18 June 2012 17:29, by solider

    NIGRO is an insult you dump.it is reffered to slavery by the white man.what i ment is your are slaves on their eyes you moron, i am proud civilized african , i am no NIGRO. try and say that word in amarica or Europe ,you can be jailed for that,

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    • 18 June 2012 20:59, by Zionist

      solider
      Dumb stupid ass, Listen to Dr. Martin Luther King in his speech "I have A Dream" in 1963, before you post any garbage, you stupid. Dr. King said, "One hundred years later, the life of the NEGRO is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination". Is he insulting his people? you dummy.

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      • 18 June 2012 21:21, by Zionist

        Solider
        Rio NEGRO is in southeastern Brazil, in South America, and it means "BLACK river" in Spanish and Portuguese; unless, you failed your geography classes because of your stupidity. Know your words before you use them to insult the Black people of South Sudan, especially when you’re a fake Arab.

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  • 18 June 2012 17:34, by solider

    zionist, you are uncivilized and unrepected african. africa is a shamed of you

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  • 19 June 2012 01:46, by Kim Deng

    Sameh Ashour, the head of SCAF’s advisory council, says the incoming president would probably have a short term, and would be replaced after a new constitution was drafted.
    "The upcoming president will occupy the office for a short period of time, whether or not he agrees," he told Al Jazeera. "His office term will be short despite the huge efforts exerted in the election campaigns.

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