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January 2, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese authorities arrested twenty activists belonging to Unionist Movement on Tuesday after holding a protest in the capital, Khartoum, to celebrate the Independence Day, on 1 January.

Over 40 people marched from the house of the last Unionist leader and first Sudanese Prime Minister Mohamed Ismail Al-Azhary to his grave at the cemetery of Bakri in Omdurman.

The protesters chanted slogans against the regime like the famous Arab Spring slogan "The people want the downfall of the regime", or "Freedom, Peace, and Justice, the Revolution is the choice of the people".

Al-Azhari raised Sudan’s flag on 1 January 1956 marking the end of the British- Egyptian presence in the country. He died several days after his arrest by Gaffar Nimeiri, a military general who ruled the country from 1969 to 1985 after a coup d’état.

The security agents who were monitoring the demonstration attacked the protesters and arrested some twenty people including women after their arrival at the cemetery.

The spokesperson of the Unionist Movement, Mawaheb Magzoub, said the security services released the twenty activists several hours after their detention. Some of them said they were beaten.

She further condemned their arrest describing it as a "serious setback and a violation of political freedoms in the country".

The Movement is a faction of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which opposed to the decision of its leader Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani to join a coalition government led by ruling Sudan’s National Congress Party (NCP) after the independence of South Sudan in July 2011.

They are now member of the opposition alliance National Consensus Forces (NCF) and signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2012 with the rebel alliance of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF).

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  • 3 January 2013 10:19, by Ayom Ayom

    Khartoum Security should build a prison with a capacity of 25 millions people in Sudan, soon every citizen in khartoum will demonstrate including some army officer, what are you going to do?

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    • 3 January 2013 14:26, by EES Kingmaker

      Ayomx2,
      Let them also build special prison rooms for Bashir and his bloody thugs-in-power. It will be for their temporary arrest before handing them to the Chief Prosecutor, Mrs Bin Souda in the ICC.

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      • 3 January 2013 20:51, by Peacocktail

        NEWS UPDATES: KORDUFAN
        Kordofan — The Justice and Equality Movement integrated in the Sudan Revolutionary Front announced on Thursday 3 January 2013, taking control of the areas of Jerhaman, Tom Bashara, Al Zarankh, Dardoug, Faqr, Andharab and Obeid, in a widespread campaign in Kordofan.
        The movement’s deputy leader, Mohamed Al Beleil Issa Zayyed, praise the SRF for victory against NCP Criminal.

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  • 3 January 2013 10:24, by Green is beautiful

    It is beautiful.
    The hopeless government is arresting his citzens everyday and night.cowards of regime change.

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  • 3 January 2013 11:59, by Dengohide

    the end to Bashir’s regime is truly approaching

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    • 3 January 2013 14:20, by EES Kingmaker

      Bashir’s years of misrule, bad governance and his notorious, murderous security forces must be brought to an end by all means possible sooner rather than later. Keeping such rogue elements in power makes the suffering of Sudanese people and their neighbours, South Sudanese continue unabated.

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