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January 19, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese security on Friday blocked a celebration organized by the Republicans Brotherhood sect to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the death of its leader Mahmood Mohamed Taha at the hands of the government of late president Ja’afar Mohamed Nimeiri.

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Founding father of Sudan’s Republican Brotherhood movement Mahmood Mohamed Taha

Taha was sentenced to death in 1985 following a quick trial on charges of apostasy. The trial is described by his supporters and many observers today as a sham. He has refused at the time to plead before the judges or contest the accusations.

The Republican Brotherhood are known for resisting Islamic fundamentalism and its leader Taha published a book on this issue a few months before Nimeiri implemented Islamic Shar’ia laws in September 1983.

On December 25, 1984 the Republican Brotherhood issued a pamphlet titled "This or the Flood" stating its opposition to September Sharia’a laws describing it as oppressing and bearing no relation to Islam.

Initially Taha was charged with inciting hate against the state but in January 7, 1985 this was amended to apostasy and was ordered to be hanged. The ruling was endorsed by Nimeiri eleven days later.

In a statement to Agence France-Presse (AFP) his daughter Asmaa who is the director of the Mahmoud Muhammad Taha Cultural Center in Sudan’s twin capital city of Omdurman said that they every year they commemorate Ustaz Mahmoud "in appreciation of his stances to uphold his ideals in the face of dictatorship."

She said that a security force came to the centre in four vehicles and surrounded it preventing anyone from entering it and requested that he commemoration not take place.

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that some people gathered in front of the center and refused to obey orders by security officers who closed all roads leading to the area.

The move is the latest in a series of crackdowns on pro-democracy centers in the country.

Late last month Sudanese authorities closed Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development (KACE) and the Sudanese Studies Center (SSC).

Authorities claimed that SSC is carrying out activities that seeks to overthrow the regime of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir which came to power through a bloodless coup in 1989.

But there was no explanation to reasons behind the closure of KACE.

Sudanese First VP Ali Osman Mohamed Taha suggested that these centers are receiving support from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to topple the Khartoum government.

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  • 20 January 2013 09:45, by william mawien

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      Khartoum started begging the rich arab gulf
      "help us help us " said bashir’s letter which he sent saudia king in december 2012 ;;;since south sudan got independance.;( our economic is collapsing ;;;;said omar el bashir ;;;now we will be finish when darfur,south koridifan and blue nile join south sudan or get their indepent ;

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  • 20 January 2013 13:57, by Mapuor

    Mahmood Mohamed Taha pamphlet contained things that would have averted the current imbroglio in Sudan.He will be remembered for generations.Nimeri is only known as a murderer(Safah)

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  • 21 January 2013 00:18, by australian

    Enlightenment and Human Development? How un-Islamic! Of course it had to be closed down!

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    • 21 January 2013 00:23, by australian

      But Taha, bless him for trying, was wrong. Islam cannot be made to be nice by ignoring the "Prophet"’s Medina message of hatred and murder (and theft, and lying, and so on). What can a Muslim do if he is a decent person? What a tragedy for mankind is Islam.

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      • 21 January 2013 11:48, by Paul Ongee

        Apostacy? Woooooooooooow. How can one check in and cannot check out if the religious belief is essentially intended specifically for the conversion of infidels, murder, lying, womanizing, molestation, looting, stealing resources, terrorism, you name it Sudani inti/Jalaby/Northern Sudanese. The list is long.

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        • 21 January 2013 11:49, by Paul Ongee

          Commemorating death of a religious thinker, Mohamoud Mohamed Taha, taking to streets, signing New Dawn, closing KACE/SSC, arming Southern militia in broad daylight to cause insecurity in RSS but not vice versa, setting preconditions for negotiation and implementation of agreements on the pretext of insecurity, and so forth are all perceived as threat/regime change. Ingaz is truly built on fear.

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          • 21 January 2013 11:50, by Paul Ongee

            June 30th, 1989 was not a regime change? If something was really wrong with the 3-year old leadership of the former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi, what proves that Ingaz is perfect over the last 24-years old regime? How did/does it manage to interpret Quran competitively to govern the country? Through the barrel of a gun that can block roads to people going to commemorate the dead ones on

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            • 21 January 2013 11:50, by Paul Ongee

              ..ly who cannot even come back to interfere with Omer leadership style.

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