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Sudan’s NCP accuses Darfur rebels of stirring up protests to topple regime

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March 21, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Monday accused students loyal to Darfur rebel groups of working on mobilizing people to stage demonstrations that would lead to removing the government in a manner similar to uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

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Sudanese students union-Pakistan protest outside the press club in Hyderabad, Pakistan, March 21, 2011 (Demotix Images)

The NCP deputy chairman in Khartoum state Mandoor Al-Mahdi told reporters that "sleeping cells" belonging to Darfur armed movements in the capital are planning to engage in military conflict starting from Omdurman Ahliya university and Omdurman Islamic university.

Al-Mahdi added that they have credible intel showing that members from the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in universities want to stage protests and burn gas stations in Omdurman to encourage people to demonstrate.

The NCP official further alleged that unspecified foreign circles are supporting Sudanese youth groups on Facebook that are calling for regime change adding that it is also receiving the backing of the opposition parties such as the communist party, Popular Congress Party, Sudan People Liberation Movement, head of opposition alliance Farouk Abu Eissa and communist figure Sideeg Youssef.

He expressed confidence that this plan will not work as it is "illogical" and doomed to fail. Al-Mahdi further stressed that the NCP is committed to political and media freedoms and called on opposition parties to seek permission to demonstrate rather than simply notifying the authorities.

The official also revealed that his party will conduct a nationwide dialogue with the political powers on the new constitution and broad-based governments in preparation for the South’s breakup next July. However he ruled out any compromise on the adoption of Islamic Sharia’a law.

This comes as several small demonstrations took place in different parts of North Sudan in response to Facebook group calls.

The protests calling for change led to the blocking of Khartoum-Madani highway while others burned tires in Wad-Madani’s bus station. Students from Al-Jezira university and Madani collage gathered at a bus stop chanting slogans against the government and demanding change before being dispersed by riot police which also arrested around 10 of them.

In Sennar university police clashed with demonstrators until they were rounded up and taken into custody. The Sudanese capital witnessed heavy police presence since early morning hours in city centers and around university campuses. According to witnesses they also broke up protests near Khartoum stadium.

Pro-government students at a rally at Khartoum University labeled those trying to organize the demonstrations "atheists" and agents of the United States and Israel.

Witnesses also reported a large security deployment in the centre of El-Obeid, a city around 600 kilometres (370 miles) west of Khartoum, with police trucks surrounding the university.

Tensions are mounting in Sudan as the country heads towards a split amid growing economic problems that lead to rising cost of living for the ordinary citizens in a country where most of the population live below poverty levels.

There have been several attempts to stage mass demonstrations but so far the turnout has been minimal.

Activists said the protesters failed to mobilize because of security fears and the movement’s lack of organization.

"It is because of the police presence, and because people are afraid of the national security attacking them," said Mohammed, 24, an activist who was arrested at one of the protests in January to Agence France Presse (AFP).

"Also there is no leadership. It is not an organized group," he added.

The NCP said its leader president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir will not run for another term after 2015 which would mark 26 since he took power in a bloodless coup. Pressure is mounting from within the ruling party to make reforms and address corruption problem which many observers say have reached epidemic levels.

Bashir is currently the only sitting heard of state wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in the Darfur war crimes. This has restricted his travel to few friendly nations while many others have declined to receive him prompting shy domestic calls for him to step down.

But many analysts believe that any attempt to stage reforms will meet resistance from the old guard within the NCP who have frequently asserted that they have the backing of most of the Sudanese people.

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  • 22 March 2011 06:20, by Bol Deng

    North Sudanese need to protest for their freedom other they will stay in the Islamic oppression for 50 years.

    Good that Arab nations are dreaming for democracy. This is good for the entire world.

    The South Sudanese has been struggling for the freedom of all Sudanese but many fail to understand. So now welcome aboard.

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    • 22 March 2011 06:40, by Kolnyang youth

      Its time for Bashir regime clasped;

      protesters oyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy/
      let God bless your mission of claiming your right .

      Anti-tribalism

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      • 22 March 2011 08:22, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

        I still do not believe on the Arabs North that the word Democracy will be put into practice. The history of the whole Arabs Countries does not have any such kind of Governance. It is full and rich by blood that ever flow to the Nile and ended up in the Mediterranean Sea. The history is dated back to time of Mohamed Ali and Mahdi and then to the current arabs led by Sadiq,Turabi and Bashir. There will be no Democaracy in North Sudan. North just accepted the Mere Democaracy- Elected Government that was imposed by the CPA signed in 2005. This is an opportunity Arabs believed that there would be a change in the Sudanese System of Government. When Bashir pledged that he would not ran for the next coming election in 2015, coward Arabs believed that his statement was true. It is not true at all. Protesters would be arrested now and then whenever they attempt to protest against Bashir Government.

        What Arab north is after for is what i do not know. They all new Bashir and they are the one being used to defend Bashir in the case of South Sudan and Darfur.

        If Northern Sudanese were brave enough to face Bashir the could not fail their plan. Their plan was to compaign for massive turn out on the 21st March 2011 in Khartuom. It could have been good for them to be arrested in good numbers to an extend that they could not be accommodated in those police cells even if they are all meant to die. It is good for them to die and leave Bashir to leave in North Sudan with his own tribe or families.

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  • 22 March 2011 08:43, by Namaa

    My God, the NCP rep Mandour is so full of lies

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  • 22 March 2011 11:56, by Paul Ongee

    Is National Criminal Party not watching what is happenning in the neighboring countries? Egypt is conducting a referendun not just to review but to change the constitution that would create freedom, term limit of governance and quarantee equal rights. What about Sudan?

    Darfur will soon get its rights, in the right place and at the right time. NCP should not panic yet. Time is not on its side. It should not even talk of not running in 2015. Who is telling NCP that Sudan would be ruled by Sharia law that does not resonate with the modern free Islamic world?

    NCP is obviously leaving in the 20th Century where competitive interpretation of Qoran to govern Sudan was the order of the day. No. Not this time National Criminal Party. Learn how to tune up to the 21st Century.

    NCP needs to start packing up now not tomorrow of 2015. Listen carefully NCP; the upcoming change based on the "new world order" will change you to pack and go. Believe me or not.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoun, Sudan

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  • 22 March 2011 12:21, by Thomas Andrew Hissen

    To all arab countries what alah are you praying, Simple because you are beliving in Prophet Mahammad, IF you can belive in Jesus Christ who sacriface him self for the whole world I think God or the Alah will not Judge you like what happen in your nations so call the arab countries,

    Change the prophet and pray for Jesus christ

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