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Sudan bans demonstrations over anti-Islam cartoons


September 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese Islamist and student groups cancelled a protest against anti-Islam cartoons they were calling for in Khartoum after failing to obtain the necessary authorisation from the police.

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Riot police stand guard behind barbed wire placed around the French embassy after Friday prayers in Khartoum September 21, 2012. (Reuters)

Last Friday two people were killed and 50 policemen wounded outside the American embassy in Khartoum during a violent protest over an anti-Islam film. The same day, protesters also stormed the German embassy and wrecked some offices of the diplomatic building.

Reliable sources told Sudan Tribune that security services refused to authorise the organisers to hold a demonstration to the French embassy in Khartoum to protest against new anti-Islam cartoons published by a French weekly satirical newspaper.

However, the police did not issue an official statement on the ban.

The protest was supposed to start from the mosque of Khartoum unity to the French embassy where security forces were deployed and the adjacent streets were closed on Friday.

A number of journalists were at the French Embassy in Khartoum where they noticed the heavy presence of antiriot police officers.

The French government condemned the publication of satirical caricatures and termed it as "irresponsible" and announced the closure of its embassies, cultural centres and French schools in 20 Muslim countries to avoid attacks by extremist groups.


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  • 22 September 2012 09:54, by Dinkawarrior

    After what are you trying to say! Just let them do whatever they like to do but later on they will be sorry!

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    • 22 September 2012 10:48, by zulu

      More films and cartoons will be released soon and more rage will prove the insanity of religious violence other than reason and logic. A little too late to stop it though because properties were distroyed, people died and near diplomatic closures were happening, cutting off aid from Sudan

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    • 22 September 2012 12:00, by Logic

      The reactions to the intentionally offensive video is more damaging to Islam than the video itself. These extremists are a shameful stain on Islam’s image, its also sad that many commentators on here equate Islam with the bad practices of some Muslims, the two are inherently different.

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      • 22 September 2012 12:42, by australian

        Logic: Islam doesn’t have a "good image" to stain. Don’t kid yourself! Islam has had a well-earned bad image for 1400 years.

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        • 22 September 2012 14:44, by sudani ana

          Do you live in Australia? What is your opinion on the current news from Aus about thousands of children being sexually abused by Christian priests? Not to mention the thousands of children abused in UK and USA by Catholic priests.

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          • 22 September 2012 15:06, by sudani ana

            It wasn’t long ago when Pope Benedict Xl visited US and had to apologise to the thousands who were sexually abused as children by Catholic priests and other men of the cloth. The sad thing was the church leaders have been covering the scandal up for decades.

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            • 22 September 2012 18:55, by zulu

              that we acknowledge and we do not evoke violence. but Mohamed, what is the name of his rape victim, the 8yr old, said to be his first wife? Do you guys acknowledge it as sinful, vile and evil? Why you think it is an insult to mention what he did?

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            • 22 September 2012 23:21, by australian

              Sudani ana: He apologised because Christians have a concept of guilt. We believe crimes should not be covered up but exposed and atoned for. The Islamic prophet said Muslims should cover up their own (and others’) sins and not admit them. But we are all human and deviate from our religions.

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        • 22 September 2012 15:59, by Logic

          you’re a fool if you think that! educate yourself.
          Sudani ana,
          that’s exactly your problem, your mode of defense is ATTACK! You can defend Islam without offending others, hence your likes are the reason Sudan continues to be destroyed. Pathetic really...

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          • 22 September 2012 19:08, by mohammed ali

            The illogical jalabbi, you preach well! You don’t attack the " fake arabs, bigot, racist...bla without any logic; while you keep a blind eye & deaf ears on the daily abuses with the most filthy words which you youself sometimes uses, directed towards us & towards other tribes within SS.Threats of violence, killing, redeculing other tribes made S.Tribune issues its"unapplied" warning.However...con

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            • 22 September 2012 19:15, by mohammed ali

              con: However I appreciate your defence of your religion albiet only from your heart : "adafou al-eyman".Most of those brain-washed ignorants know nothing about Islam or even christianity!We are supposed to ignore all these abuses including the film, cartoons...etc.This the real teaching of Islam.They were meant to provoke muslims and has nothing with freedom of speach.They want these reactions..co

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              • 22 September 2012 19:39, by mohammed ali

                con: so that they can brand muslim as terorist,violent, intolerant...bla..bla...Unfortunately some pple feel humulated & give them what they want!The Australian is European who immigrated to the land which is now called Australia where they robbed the owners of the land from everything including their land & country; yet he wants to preach Human Rights.What a joke!

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                • 22 September 2012 20:42, by sudani ana

                  Mohammed Ali
                  Australian is a South Sudanese who lives in Australia. I gess his political asylum claim has been successful and now he proudly calls himself Australian.

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                • 22 September 2012 23:15, by australian

                  Mohammed Ali: Who said I want to "preach human rights"? Far from it! I never say a word about human rights: it is not a Christian concept, in my view.
                  I am not a European who emigrated to Australia. I was born here, and didn’t rob anybody of anything. And I love my country, just as Sudanese with Arab backgrounds love Sudan. It is normal for people to be attached to the place where they are born.

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          • 22 September 2012 23:27, by australian

            Logic: "Educate myself"? Unfortunately, I have. And the truth is not pretty. The reality is that Muslims throughout history have glorified and boasted about the millions of murders they have committed. They boast about every ghastly thing. It is on record: it’s not my imagination or "prejudice".
            You don’t frighten me by calling me a "fool".

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    • 22 September 2012 12:25, by Dinkawarrior

      If Mohammed didn’t molstered children last time, the world would have been a better place for children to live. Every corner of the world, you can hear or even see children suffering under the same condition cause by one man who believed to God’s Messeger while he was pretender. Shame on Molester Mohammed.

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      • 22 September 2012 12:27, by Dinkawarrior

        Who believed to be God’s Messeger while he was pretender.

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        • 22 September 2012 20:32, by sudani ana

          Well Mr Logic
          You read all the filth and insults to my beliefs above and tell me again that Am the reason behind "the destruction of Sudan because I offend people". You read all these attacks on Islam and Muslims, and think " I offend". What kind of a human being are you?

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          • 22 September 2012 21:19, by mohamed mahgoub

            Islamization& arabization are the main cause of Sudan’s destruction and ur part of that,however,these chaotic protests r only deepening the already worsening image of ur religion,after the film a cartoon emerged who knows what is next?

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