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Sudanese president denies his government’s involvement in killing of protesters

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October 1, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - In his first appearance since the outbreak of the recent protests, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, accused unnamed parties seeking to destabilize Sudan of exploiting the events for killings, looting and vandalism.

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Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Last week, violent clashes erupted between the demonstrators and security forces in different parts of the Sudan following the government’s decision to remove fuel subsidies leading to at least 33 deaths according to official figures and more than a 150 according to activists and opposition.

Sudanese authorities said they arrested 700 in connection with the riots and denied using live ammunition against protesters. They accused outside elements of firing at the demonstrators.

The demonstrations saw the participation of thousands of Sudanese who chanted slogans against the government of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir like "The people want the fall of the regime!" and “Freedom! Freedom!”.

Bashir, who was addressing a graduation ceremony in the military academy on Tuesday, vehemently denied holding his government accountable for the killing of protestors and prayed for mercy for the victims, calling them “martyrs”.

But a even some in the government believe that the is responsible for the killings.

Over the weekend, more than 30 ruling National Congress Party (NCP) officials and supporters sent a memo to president Bashir urging him to reinstate the fuel subsidies and chiding him over the killing of protestors among other demands.

A senior official in Sudan’s NCP on Monday criticized the violent crackdown.

"The fact that so many have died points to the degree of violence," the official told Agence France Presse (AFP) on condition of anonymity.

"I believe it was unnecessary to repress the peaceful demonstrators. Peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right," the official said.

The Sudanese president said that despite his government’s huge efforts to explain the reasons behind the new economic measures, those who seek to cause harm exploited the freedom of peaceful expression to kill people and destroy properties.

Bashir added that secession of South Sudan had a negative impact on the situation in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, pointing to the agreements reached with Juba to stop support for the rebel groups in both states.

He stressed Khartoum’s keenness to sustain peace with Juba pointing to the shared history between the two countries.

Sudan and South Sudan were on the brink of a major and fresh setback in relations when Bashir ordered his government last June to shut down oil pipelines carrying the economic lifeline from landlocked South Sudan.

Bashir was aggravated over what he claimed was continued support by Juba to the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) which in April has extended its military reach to North Kordofan’s second largest town of Um Rawaba which took the government and observers at the time by surprise.

South Sudan rejects accusations of rebel support leveled by its northern neighbor and in turn alleges that Khartoum is aiding David Yau Yau’s rebellion in Jonglei state.

The Sudanese government has insisted that normal relations with South Sudan and implementation of cooperation agreements signed last year can only be attained after concluding security arrangements which in its core requires the establishment of a buffer zone and ceasing support to insurgents.

A joint commission comprised of African Union (AU) and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is tasked with probing rebel support claims by the two countries.

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  • 2 October 2013 07:50, by Gatkuoth

    Well, if you are not, then you are expected to protect the peaceful demonstrators. Who then killed the protesters? are they armies and police of different entity? where were you are police and SAF when they were entering and killed people? I am sure Sudanese are not stupid to know your usual rhetoric of lies.

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  • 2 October 2013 07:54, by zulu

    Did we share agony, power, wealth, destitution, subjugation, oppression,, language? No. You folks are Islamizedz and arabized. we remain original and true to our culture and pride.

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  • 2 October 2013 08:11, by william

    Look at a wanted criminal trying to jump away from reality to lies! IT is well known to all African that killing of innocent civilians is your daily business. Hence simply, this criminality act will be added to your awaiting court case in Huge before ICC. Barren man who does not know the goodness of child is killing Sudanese children day and night. Shame on national criminals party (NCP)

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    • 2 October 2013 08:58, by Joseph Canada

      William, you have put it to the right narrative. He kill because he don’t have a child, therefore have no feeling of the child. He doesn’t know the agony of losing child. he can’t even imagine having one.

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  • 2 October 2013 09:15, by Jalaby

    To Bashir,
    It’s time for you and for the corrupted authorities around you to step down and retire, how many many years you’ve been ruling us now? 24 years not enough you think?
    what are your achievements through all previous years? I’ll tell you sir:
    1. Dividing the country and separating the south for free and letting them walk away

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    • 2 October 2013 09:24, by Jalaby

      walking away without sharing our resources (oil) with them
      2.Agreed to put Abyei in trouble and discussed its belonging while its belonging was determined as north since 1905
      3.Separating the south without determining where our borders are?
      4.Creating war in Darfour and many people lost their lives
      5.Creating war in BN & S Kordofan
      6.Poverty number in Sudan reached

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      • 2 October 2013 09:33, by Jalaby

        unprecedented number
        7.Weak and fragile economy
        8.Bad relationship with international community and except Qatar, the relationship with Arab Gulf countries is cold either,Sudan is living under semi isolation,what the hell Iranian ships navy are doing in our sea?
        9.Israel is making joke of our country,they attack our country anywhere anytime and Sudan is defenseless

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        • 2 October 2013 09:43, by Jalaby

          Why Israel attacking us in the first place? are we fighting Israel with Hamas inside Israel? if that’s the case I believe, are our ability allows us to do that? we can still support the Palestinian right like many other countries but according to our ability and capacity and without exposing our country and people to great danger and hell as it happened before!!

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          • 2 October 2013 09:51, by Jalaby

            we need to be rational and behave in mature way and stop doing idiot thing that we can’t afford its sequence!
            10. Unprecedented number of official thieves whom directly or indirectly benefited from the power they have, clear examples are Bashir’s brothers, they became multi-millionaire in dollars, if they’re not thieves then they benefited from the power of their

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            • 2 October 2013 10:00, by Jalaby

              brother,the president,just see their status before Bashir came to power and their status now,they were poor before 1989 and now they’re very rich,to be a rich is part of the "Civilizational project" or what?
              Bashir should dissolve this ugly government and creates interim regime that collects all Sudan political spectrum barring no one!

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              • 2 October 2013 14:59, by Peter Mading

                Mr.Jalaby has become the tough opposition member to his former benefactor Bashir. Continue to challenge Bashir and take care of yourself mouony.

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      • 2 October 2013 09:58, by william

        @ stupid jalaba your wrong mentality of misconception things is the route cause of division of Sudan. Look here Abyei was not just appearing in 1905. but It was existing since then and transferred to north by its natives who are intending to come back since accessibility in south sudan had resolved. Your tyranny government might one it will let it goes back. Terrorist regime of NCP about to end.

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  • 2 October 2013 09:54, by Observer

    President Bashir.
    We the Sudanese people are not going to listen to your lies anymore.
    These same line you mouth are what Gadaffi, Mubarak, Ben Ali said and look what happened to them.
    Take note - the people are speaking and refuse to listen to you and your lies.

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    • 2 October 2013 21:43, by zulu

      Jalaby and Observer
      Atleast some of you have come to your senses. Yes, inefficiency has led your country amok. New leaders can even come from rebels if you all unite as one country against a tyrant who is amessing wealth and killing ruthlessly. If he believes in Sudan, he can do good things for Sudan as Jalaby put it.

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  • 2 October 2013 23:09, by Elijah B. Elkan

    It hard to belief this butcher (Bashir) of Khartoum denied everything he has done. His government is mutilating limbs, mutilating gentiles of women in Sudan. The butcher (Bashir) of Khartoum as killed more people than Adolf Hitler during world war II. No one should belief his denials of the killing of innocence people.

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