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Sudan "arrested 1000" in crackdown on anti-regime demos


July 1, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Police and security forces have arrested about 1000 people during two weeks of sustained crackdown on anti-regime protests in Sudan, an activist group said on Sunday.

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Police violence during anti-government protests in the capital Khartoum last year (AFP)

Sudanese authorities use terms like “rioters” and “saboteurs” to refer to hundreds of citizens who have been protesting for the past two weeks on the streets of the capital Khartoum and other regional towns after the government moved to implement a set of austerity measures including cuts on fuel subsidies.

Activists say the protests are aiming to end the rule of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), who they accuse of a long list of failures including rampant corruption and misguided economic policies.

Large numbers of anti-riot police units and plainclothes security agents of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) used teargas, batons and rubber bullets to stamp out demonstrations that broke out following Friday prayer in the capital and 10 regional towns as part of what activists called "elbow-licking Friday” in reference to a gibe that some NCP officials use to indicate the impossibility of overthrowing their regime.

Agence France Press (AFP) quoted an official from the Organization for Defense of Rights and Freedoms as saying that about 1000 people have been arrested countrywide while hundreds were hurt, many by teargas, since the protests first erupted on 16 June.

"The figure of those arrested before yesterday (Friday) was about 1,000 in the whole country," the official stated, while also alleging that many of them are still being held in unknown NISS detention facilities known as ’Ghost Houses’. "They don’t tell you where they are. You are not even allowed to ask," he said.

Sudan says police used "minimum force" to respond to "rioting by small groups".

Other activist groups including Girifna have reported the arrest of hundreds of protesters and said some of them have been tortured. Among those detained is prominent blogger Usamah Mohammed who remains incommunicado since he was arrested on 22 July.

Security forces have also targeted journalists covering the unrest. Last week the authorities deported Salma El Wardany, an Egyptian female correspondent for Bloomberg News.

Human rights groups including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) issued statements this month calling on Sudan to end the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations and release all detainees.

According to HRW, Sudan security forces have arrested scores of protesters, opposition members, and journalists, beaten people in detention, used rubber bullets and even live ammunition to break up protests.


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  • 2 July 2012 11:53, by Eastern

    Sudan Tribune should stop recycling photos. The photo at the caption was shown sometimes ago for a differnt news article. Send out your cameramen to get up to date photos.

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    • 2 July 2012 12:04, by Abikacha

      The Government is Afraid to allow media to air the protest how could you expect it to happen when your dumb regime did not allow people to express their views freely !

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    • 2 July 2012 12:08, by J P Puok

      eastern or western are you please obcessed of critisim? sudantribune had clearly written underneath that picture that it is last year crakdown on protesters. where do you expect them to go to that hot spot while even those who are there are in prison?come on deploy common sense when writting a comment.
      be realistic and objective please when commending

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    • 2 July 2012 12:14, by Observer

      yeah right - send out cameramen to get then arrested.
      Have you not been following what is happening to journalists who are trying to report on the demonstrations?
      Why would Sudan Tribune risk their staff given that the Govt is trying its best to stop the truth reaching to the outside world?

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      • 2 July 2012 12:20, by Northern Sudanese


        what truth are you talkning about? 1% of sudan population is 300,000 people. these rioters are less than 30,000 which means less than 0.1% of sudan total population. do you excpect 0.1% of people are gonna overthrow a man who rules 30 milion people? this is so different than libya and syria XD yet you excpect bashir to fall like gaddafi? in your dreams !!!!!

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        • 2 July 2012 13:04, by Aaban

          You are not even Sudanese nor you represented nobody in Sudan, don’t you know where you come from?
          This is elbow licking protest and you have to do nothings about, But you don’t realised that any concept of one person being superior to another can lead to racism. Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe Leadership in this country is about how to maintain the status quo and to perpetuate racism

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          • 2 July 2012 13:06, by Aaban

            lack of good governing, and resort to murdering of African tribes. Your criminals will leave no matter what and how many people He will killed, This country will feel Syria style soon, but know what? The case of this country of mind is going to be different because the leader is charged with crimes which in case of him committed more crimes, the international community will involve as soon as

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            • 2 July 2012 13:14, by Aaban

              as possible, yet you don’t know that every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law. Which is what your coward evil who sold their soul to devil is doing, do you think you are ruling animals or human beings? There is a time that the wicked master shall go and freedom will be feel in the atom spare of this country, they have done wrong things for long in the dark yet they are trying to

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              • 2 July 2012 13:20, by Aaban

                commit the same things here in the day light yet they fail to realised that everyone has an open eyes and can not be cheated, divided the big and lovely African country call Sudan and killed a lots of innocent people who whom they think can ask them for freedom,who could called Sudan as a country, if the leader of the country target his own people, the leader that lack ability to rule diversity,

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                • 2 July 2012 13:27, by Aaban

                  the leader that lack of how to approach the crisis in his country, the leader who treat his own anger against the people that he lies to the world that he is their leader and is ruling them, They leader that is a champion of racism calling people who disagreed with him with the name s that he want, do you call this a leader? We need change and change cannot come without blood as

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                  • 2 July 2012 13:28, by Aaban

                    we are about to change the evil from his empire no matter what, there is no good death we were being killed without asking for change, so what now, we will die asking or demanding our right as a citizen of this country and there is no way the fake and criminal who has no children is always sucking our blood for no reason but to live in the power, wake up my people and let pint the devil in the eye

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                    • 2 July 2012 13:33, by Aaban

                      and tell him that we don’t want him no more, our blood we never be flow in vain
                      To my people, we are about change the government make sure we accepted death to be there because evil will never going to give up easily but will killed so much as he is about to die, the evil who sold his soul evil was brought up by blood of innocent people and there is no way that he will go without take more with

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                      • 2 July 2012 13:36, by Aaban

                        him, we must free ourselves from this bloody thirsty coward murderer fak Sudanese Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe, down with non sudanese dictators,

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                        • 2 July 2012 20:21, by Northern Sudanese


                          blah,blah,blah..... who are you to tell me what is happening in my country? most sudanese support bashir, thats a fact! these protests represent only 0.1% of sudan population, also a fact!

                          you have no right to speak about our presidents policy, mind your own starving country which is unable to feed halve its people. we gave you independence to leave us alone, now do it! go away!

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                        • 2 July 2012 20:23, by Northern Sudanese


                          we don’t believe in western lies, we aren’t western puppets or Jewish ass lickers like you starving south sudanese are. there is no such thing as 300,000 people killed by bashir, thats just propaganda. western world wants to get rid of bashir by all means, thats why they lie all the time.

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        • 2 July 2012 13:33, by Observer

          Northern Sudanese,

          If the Govt isn’t worried about these demonstrations then why are they arresting journalists?
          Also why are they cutting the internet and mobile phones if they these demonstrators and demonstrations mean nothing?

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          • 2 July 2012 20:17, by Northern Sudanese


            arresting? please tell me, from where do you see these scenes of protests on the TV, isn’t it from journalists?

            No internet has been cut, i am currently using the internet. cutting internet is a temporary option which has been used in many countries specially the west. take UK riots for e.g, they wanted to shut down the BBM from phones!

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            • 2 July 2012 21:52, by Observer

              Northern Sudanese,

              You are right- the internet wasn’t cut today- ( Monday) but it was at times, Thursday, most of Friday and also Saturday.
              You manage to twist the facts around to suit your employers propaganda but you have that right so carry on.
              The UK may have wanted to cut the internet but they didn’t- a slight difference. But you believe what you want to.

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        • 2 July 2012 15:54, by Dumodit

          Liars NCP officers wanted to depend themselves against human right violation.
          If the government concern of citizens why arrested those opposing? Better to keenly understand why they complaint.Grant them their need will automatically calm riot.

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        • 2 July 2012 19:53, by James Maker Akok

          Northern Sudanese

          You are repeating Same word, it’s doesn’t make sence what you talking. Libya people were like that and they won their right.

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        • 2 July 2012 23:05, by homeboy

          Maybe they should just throw up at him instead of overthrowing him.

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  • 2 July 2012 21:48, by Born-to-Rule

    Sudan Tribune is the best on news reporting, however, they are fair and balance in their reporting. So, those buffoons who have nothing good to say about article will waste everyone time.

    The government in Khartoum is inapt. Bahsir will never listen to it’s citizens. They call them "rioters” and “saboteurs” and blame Israel,Westerns and south Sudan, how stupid are these inbreeds.

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