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Sudan used nerve gas on Friday’s protesters amid reports of increased arrests

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July 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese security forces used nerve gas to incapacitate would-be demonstrators in the capital Khartoum on Friday, an opposition member has charged, whereas activists said the number of detainees has risen to 2,000 in the third week of anti-regime protests.

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Sudanese police firing teargas at demonstrators (AFP)

Police and plain-clothed security agents deployed heavily since the early hours of Friday around main mosques in the capital Khartoum ahead of planned weekly demonstrations as part of a protest movement that has been gripping the country for the last three weeks.

Activists named the protest the “The Friday of Aliens and Bubbles” to gibe President Al-Bashir’s description of the protesters in the first week of the unrest.

For the second week in a row, the most violent confrontation took place around Al-Sayid Abdel Rahman Al-Mahdi Mosque in Wad Nubawi area of Omdurman town.

Al-Sayid Abdel Rahman Al-Mahdi Mosque is one of the biggest in Omdurman and has been the epicenter of Friday’s protests. The mosque is also the stronghold of the Ansar religious sect which is affiliated to the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) led by Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi.

Al-Mahdi arrived to perform prayers in the mosques amid chants calling for the downfall of the regime. Eye-witnesses told Sudan Tribune that as soon as the prayer ended, police forces besieging the area had fired heavy teargas inside the mosque in order to disperse the worshippers before they march out.

According to the same sources, the police also fired rubber bullets against those who tried to break the siege which lasted for several hours.

At the same time, plain-clothed agents of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) were actively arresting individuals around the area. Activists report that some of those detained by the NISS were taken to unknown directions.

A leading opposition member, meanwhile, has accused security forces of using a type of “nerve gas” that induced paroxysms of paralyses and twitching.

Speaking in an interview with Al-Jazzera Arabic, NUP member and daughter of the party leader, Maryam Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, said during the siege of Al-Ansar mosque the police fired “nerve gas” that caused paralyses, twitching and suffocations among dozens of worshippers.

In an emailed statement to Sudan Tribune, Maryam said that the regime is still “arrogant” in dealing with the protests. She called on the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to hand power over to Sudanese people.

In a related context, witnesses told Sudan Tribune that security forces prevented crews of media organizations from covering the protests. Al-Jazzera reported that its cameraman was arrested while the correspondent of its online replica was detained for an hour and had his mobile phone confiscated.

In another spot, police and security forces besieging Al-Sayid Ali Mosque in Khartoum North used teargas and batons to break up hundreds of demonstrators who attempted to take to the streets following Friday’s prayer.

Al-Sayid Ali Mosque is the stronghold of the Khattmiya religious sect which has close ties to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Mohammed Osman Al-Mirghani. DUP activists told Sudan Tribune that ten of their colleagues were arrested in the crackdown.

Small groups of protesters also staged demonstrations and clashed with the police in Al-Kalakla and Gabra areas of Khartoum town.

Hundreds of protesters also took to the streets following Friday prayer in Al-Obied, the capital of North Kordofan State. Witnesses said the protesters were chanting “we will not be ruled by Kafouri’s thief” in reference to President Al-Bashir who lives in Khartoum’s affluent neighborhood of Kafouri.

Police also used teargas and batons to disperse Al-Obied protesters.

The police issued a statement saying its forces had managed to contain “limited” protests without the occurrence of any losses.

The Sudanese Committee to Defend Rights and Freedoms (SCDRF), an activist group, on Friday issued a statement condemning the authorities for their continued “violations of human rights as well as sanctity of worshipping places” by firing teargas inside mosques.

SDRF called on the authorities to release all the individuals arrested since the protest movement erupted on 16 June in response to the government’s decision to implement austerity measures removing fuel subsidies.

“We are concerned by the situation of human rights in the country. We have setup an emergency room to monitor the events as they happen and track the continued deteriorations of rights and repression of peaceful demonstrations by force and firing of teargas on worshippers” SCDRF coordinator Farouq Mohammed Ibrahim said in the statement.

Ibrahim accused security authorities of using “excessive force” to confront peaceful demonstrators following Friday prayer in Omdurman, Khartoum North and Khartoum.

He also said that the number of those detained is increasing by the day. “We have news that the number of detainees had exceeded 2,000”

Local and international rights groups say that at least 1,000 protesters have been arrested since the protest movement started.

SCDRF official also condemned the beating and arrest of journalists and correspondents of media organizations while they cover the protests. He also said that Sudanese authorities are continuing to block websites whose reporting is deemed hostile.

Sudanese authorities arrested a number of journalists during the protests. Last month security authorities deported an Egyptian female correspondent of Bloomberg news.

(ST)

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  • 7 July 2012 11:23, by eye-of-an-eye

    the fall of evil goverment, is so shameful to be rule by a gay(Bashir) she/he has no child, NCP choosen evils acts from te first day to power, the continue comtting crimes this nerve gas is so dangerouse to human life. NCP knows that is the last kickoff the benefited to murder more before the last minutes to go. shame on thes eveils

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    • 7 July 2012 11:41, by Robot

      It takes one match stick to set the whole forest in fire, it doesn’t take the whole matchbox. i thought ST were not going to report this Demos of yesterday, i was waiting since i heard of it yesterday.... Khartoum is a darting balloon that had already busted like i always say.. coming Demos will be unstoppable unless the term FRIDAY is scrapped from the days of the week...

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  • 7 July 2012 11:31, by katnyokarieu

    Thief! thief! thief! Kafour! Kafour! Kafuor! NCP! Under most wanted criminal basher northern sudan keepup the spirit,ur mighty army SPLA-N is on they away,soon they will rescuse from fake Arab.

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    • 7 July 2012 11:38, by Aarai Baka

      For NCP to survived is to accepted the demands of Salva Kiir of ROSS and then the protesters will go back to their places as of now, other than that, no survival in this current crisis of demo. NCP just standing with one leg as things getting uglies. Malik Agar will lead Sudanese to the right place from the death of Omar al bashir.

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    • 7 July 2012 13:52, by zulu

      A regime that has been tricking people will always use suppression to silence the oppoenents from discovering facts. Unfortunately, the momentum has increased from a few students to tear gasing after prayers. this is unprecendented. who is a coward now?

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      • 7 July 2012 15:35, by mohammed ali

        Zulu, nobody can trick us we are well educated, smart & intelligent pple. Those who would be tricked are those who lost $ 4 billions , been stolen by their thieves leaders. There were no such demonstrations to neccesiate use a nerve gas. There was no demonistraion in Khartoum , but there was a small one in Khartoum north and Omdurman.

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        • 7 July 2012 16:12, by Alier

          Mohammed, talking of who is well-informed or not; we just shut-down the pipeline earlier this year when South Sudan and Sudan were producing half a million barrels per day. 500,000 *6*4*12= 144,000,000 barrels annually. Price of crude oil was between $ 90 and $ 100 in the stock market. >>>>>

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          • 7 July 2012 16:13, by Alier

            >>>>>This will give us gross total of $ 12.96 billion annually. Subtract all the expenses from that and tell us who stole more billions than South Sudan? This was what both countries made in a single year. You would be the one who is not smart if you believed we did know all this!

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        • 7 July 2012 20:08, by sudan african

          Mohamed Ali, Educated people never let idiot rule the Country this long. I believe almost all Northern Sudanese were brain wash by this craft called quran. They don’t know anything other saying allah ukbar and that is what you called education, you must be stupid to begin with.

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        • 7 July 2012 23:43, by zulu

          Your government now wants to prosecute those who embezzled your money. Only thing is that they fell short of disclosing the mount. Atleast, ours is truthful about it.
          Education? Wow! PhD holders of South Sudan are probably the majority I am not sure. But did you include the marginalized as educated too?

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  • 7 July 2012 11:32, by eye-of-an-eye

    I don understand how can you act like that is holy place, Mosque, Church or Temple, on the devils who alwyas against God can do that, is true that Bashir and his governing body make abolution with their urine and shit before perfoming any prayer(saley). they dirtify the name of Islam, they should hang these pigs like Sadam Hussein.

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  • 7 July 2012 11:35, by Don P

    Now it is clear ’Hague-Bound’Bashir will not survive this.

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  • 7 July 2012 12:02, by master

    SPLM after 7yr in power with no achivement want to ride on our back again to solve their problim so if regime change in kh no thing will heppen
    plz solve your own problim

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    • 7 July 2012 12:18, by Robot

      Master,
      where on Earth is our problem apart from you???. do Bashir and his likes go for prayers or are they pagans or traditional believers??.. accept the truth and learn to know Bashir will lead all Sudanese to hell.

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      • 7 July 2012 12:28, by master

        you shutdawn your oil with huge support from your pp and said u have 22yr in bush without oil
        now do it

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    • 7 July 2012 12:25, by eye-of-an-eye

      Master or mistres, do you know what’s politics, I can decorating you by fixing your nose into your asshole, I was in Tooti-Khortoum last three weeks, I saw thing that amazing me, I shold not mention it now, three days back again in Sudan Embassy-Abuja Nigeria, tell you Abbasor that I fixed the powerfull spying device in the building and behind the wall to uncomplete Iraqi Embassy. u know me now

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      • 7 July 2012 12:43, by master

        To eye
        you have no idea about any thing in the world just women and marisa
        keep doing that

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        • 7 July 2012 13:48, by zulu

          that is why you stone a woman to death. that is why you deem a woman half a person. that is why you cloak a woman the entire body except for her eyes. that is why even circumcise her genitals. that is why you drink spirit that kills you instead of drinking bear. your world is topsy turvey

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  • 7 July 2012 12:35, by eye-of-an-eye

    I hijacked NCP goverment by my ungly keyboard and darkscreen compt. I thank God that NCP are full of ellitrates and none politicians, whom to be blame on what is happening at the very time on the ground, ahhaaaaaaa lol, the falls of vempires organazation.

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    • 7 July 2012 12:52, by master

      eye
      plz tell me are u drunk now

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      • 7 July 2012 13:14, by Darkangel

        Out of this whole article ST chooses to quote Mariyam Al Mahdi for the Nerve gas - The woman’s nuts and probably uses her own gas !!

        Have some credibility Sudantribune

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  • 7 July 2012 13:27, by Augustino Ambros

    Oh shame on the fishbrain Al Bashir Omer, that is not the alternative to stop the upprising.
    Just walk way from this presidentail & go to hell, because you fail to control the country & to rule it.
    Shame on you mr chickenbrain.

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