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Tension looms in Sudan before Friday protests

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June 28, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Tensions continued to grow in Sudan on Thursday amid calls to demonstrate after Friday prayer by activists who want to mark a turning point in the mobilisation of the Sudanese people in way to be strong and defiant enough before to overthrow the regime.

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Sudanese opposition supporters demonstrate in Khartoum against the electoral law on 7 Dec 2009 ( file/Reuters)

On the other side, internet and communication companies have shut down mobile telephone and internet networks since midnight to complicate communications during Friday demonstrations and to hamper the mobilisation.

Last Friday for the first time students were joined by other social forces in the protests opposed to the lifting of fuel subsidies and the increase of indirect taxes.

The interior minister Ibrahim Hamid told reporters on Thursday after a meeting with the vice president Al-Haj Adam Youssef that the security situation is calm in the country. He however said that the deputy president directed him to protect people and their properties from the "saboteurs".

Over 400 Sudanese lawyers organised a sit-in outside Khartoum and Omdurman courts complexes on Thursday. The protesters held banners against restrictions of freedom of expression and the recent austerity measures.

Some lawyers said their sit-in was a "rehearsal" for another large sit-in they plan to hold next Sunday.

Sudanese activities allege that the "first martyr of the uprising" died on Thursday in a hospital after tear gas suffocation in Khartoum. They also warn protesters speculating that the security services mobilised some two thousand agents to quell any protest in the capital besides mobilisation of the anti-riot

NATIONAL UMMA PARTY CALL FOR PEACEFUL PROTESTS

Sudan’s largest opposition party, the National Umma Party (NUP), released a statement calling for demonstrations and sit-ins to be held peacefully after Friday prayer.

The press statement criticised the poor economic conditions in the country and accused the Sudanese officials of looting the public funds and denounced their implication in the rampant corruption.

On Wednesday, the party leader Sadiq Al-Mahdi who called for a peaceful transition stressed the need for comprehensive peace and he made it a prerequisite for political stability in Sudan. He also called to establish an "adult government" and to establish positive external relations.

"All this can only be achieved under the new regime which we have been calling for," Mahdi said. He further added this regime should be established on a specific national agenda and conducted by a national team agreed by all the parties.

The former prime minister pointed out that the new regime will open a new page of regional and international relations allowing the country to end the current economic crisis and to implement development programmes through the funds allocated to Sudan by international donors but currently blocked because of Bashir’s regime.

Mahdi, who proposes an all parties conference for peace and constitutional reforms, says this solution can avoid war and troubles. He warned in the past months that the unrest might push rebels to intervene in the revolt and this lead the country to chaos.

The rebel group members of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) expressed their support to the peaceful protests in the country but warned they might only intervene if the regime use excessive violence to quell the protests.

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  • 29 June 2012 10:19, by Gäär

    I smell black Arabs Spring.
    NCP and its terrorists leaders will fall. only a matter of when. Some idiots here keep on denying it saying it only represents 1% but thats the Black Arabs way of cheating the outside world. Khartoum’s downfall. to hell with Al-Bashir and hsi cronies! Hague Hague Hague. ICC!!

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    • 29 June 2012 10:25, by Aaban

      "He however said that the deputy president directed him to protect people and their properties from the "saboteurs".

      These idiots who soul their soul to evil when to put the fake vice president in trouble that is why he lies that all the orders where given by this man of his stomach and hapless,

      plese there is no black Arab, that was wrong confusion.

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    • 29 June 2012 10:31, by Gäär

      ...Hon. Pagan Amum told you at the negotiation table that ’we will give you $4 billions over the next three years’ to compensate for the loss of oil. Even though we didn like this idea in South Sudan, you’re now regretting that the amount could have been accepted. but no reverse. once chance and you’re off. we have alternate route. Bashir and his cronies must fall.

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    • 29 June 2012 10:35, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Jalaby nowdays are not contributing in the website news or he has been arested by Bashir,as the victims among the peaceful protecters.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 29 June 2012 10:23, by Aaban

    "He however said that the deputy president directed him to protect people and their properties from the "saboteurs".

    These idiots who soul their soul to evil when to put the fake vice president in trouble that is why he lies that all the orders where given by this man of his stomach and hapless,

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    • 29 June 2012 10:55, by Thorbanat

      Time has come for Malik Agar to take opportunity and maximize the call by Sudanese People. The leader of Uma Party cannot be entrusted in running Sudan because business will remain business as usual. Time has ripe for the Sudanese people to demonstrate to the world that they can do things like Egypt, Tunisia and thank God Sudan Revolutionary Front can feel the gap like Libya (militarily).

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  • 29 June 2012 10:51, by Gäär

    TO ALL THE NORTH SUDANESE PROTESTORS:
    If your internet services is blocked this brutal regime and thus you’re unable to communicate to your peers to ignite the uprisings, Send me a private message, I will give you free international internet dialing codes for free. Only committed guys please who are genuine enough to gather more than 100 people Khartoum and other areas. thx

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  • 29 June 2012 10:56, by E. Defense Forces

    Run, Run Bashir Saudi Arabia is waiting for you.
    US condemns Sudan crackdown on protesters.
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/1277/US_condemns_Sudan_crackdown_on_protestors/

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  • 29 June 2012 11:09, by E. Defense Forces

    Where is South Sudan Students? Drinking or getting High ?
    Watch.....
    Sudan Students take lead in Sudan protests http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/1278/Students_take_lead_in_Sudan_protests/

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  • 29 June 2012 13:06, by Augustino Ambros

    Yes keep it up like that guys, so that the fishbrain should up his cruket eyes. i know today it will be more than they have done before, so that Al Bashir should give up, and handle the presidential and walk way from it, so that innocents people of Sudan should be free from economic crisis, over taxation and fuel price and to do away the regime of Al Bashir as its known that his regime is weak.

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  • 29 June 2012 14:28, by zulu

    NOW WE CAN SEE WHEN LIARS DISAPPEAR BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALL BEEN SAYING THE PROTEST WAS COMPOSED OF A MERE 100. TO THE CONTRARY, THE PREASURE IS MOUNTING AND IS INCHING TO THE OUSTER OF THE NCP.
    NCP JALABY, MOHAMED ALI, SHE SHE, NORTHSUDANESE, SUDANI ANA WHAT IS HAPPENING?

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  • 29 June 2012 14:47, by Runrach

    Haha! Haha! Oh my goodness. Popular uprising in Sudan major cities ? Is that real or is it a joke ? it is real of course that is why those of Jalaby,Mohamed and Northern Sudan disappeared like hell on board. It used to be painless when the news was dominated by borders and Panthou issues but they have now hit the nail direct to their fore head make it more harder Khartoum elite to diagnose.

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