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Sudan warns of opposition “plot” ahead of pro-detainees protest today

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February 14, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan has warned against a “plot” by the opposition to wage an online campaign in order to “tarnish” the government’s image as activists plan to stage a protest today, 15 January, against the continued detention of anti-government protestors since last month.

Members of Sudan’s anti-riot police beating anti-government demonstrators in Khartoum on 30 January

Sudanese activists drawing inspiration from the January revolution in Tunisia and the subsequent one in Egypt staged protests on 30 January in Khartoum and other parts of the country against worsening economic conditions aggravated by the secession of South Sudan.

However, the online-organized protests were crushed by the police who used tear gas and batons, and arrested dozens of demonstrators.

Two minor protests were staged in Khartoum this week by the mothers and relatives of the detainees, but the authorities had managed to contain them.

Sudan Media Center (SMC), a website closely linked to the country’s security authorities, on Tuesday reported that the Sudanese Communist Party and the Islamic opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) as well as the northern sector of the SPLM had agreed to coordinate efforts in order to mobilize public opinion and orchestrate an online campaign to tarnish the government’s image as a precursor to carrying out concerted demonstrations and sabotage in a number of towns.

The website quoted “informed sources” as disclosing that a coordinative meeting was recently held and a number of political cadres were tasked with “fabricating” reports on “government corruption” and “its links with imperial powers and Zionist circles” in order to undermine public trust in it.

According to SMC sources, the SPLM’s northern sector had pledged to provide the necessary funds and manpower to make the plan succeed while the PCP had pledged to mobilize “Darfur groups.”

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in North Sudan has repeatedly attempted to draw a link between the PCP, which is led by the detained Islamist leader Hassan Al-Turabi, and rebel groups in Darfur, especially the Justice and Equality Movement.

Meanwhile, opposition activists are calling for another protest on Tuesday against the detention of the activists since January. The protest comes amid claims by the opposition that the detainees were being tortured and are planning to stage a hunger strike.

A Facebook-based group has been created to invite people to participate in the protest but the group seems to be gaining little traction with only 155 people confirming attendance.

Political tension is heightening in North Sudan as the country grapples with the economic fallout from the secession of the oil-producing Nouth Sudan.

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  • 15 February 2011 07:37, by Peter Mading

    What is wrong with the NCP and Northern Political Parties? Why the SPLM Northern Sector involved in this Protest?

    Who is going to settle the outstanding issues between North and South? If it is Turabi- He had been on detention ever since. Why protesting? Your protest should come after the 9th July 2011 after the Declaration of South Sudan Independent.

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    • 15 February 2011 08:36, by gais juvan

      Dear Mading,
      I presonally agreed with you.
      SPLM Northern sector shouldn’t surface in that protest.
      They should leave the SCP and PCP to deal with the situation in Khartoum.
      Those Arabs might have some hidden agenda.
      The involvement of SPLM has cause some infact to the southern sudan nation.
      Even after 9th July, Why SPLM again get involved in issues related to arabs in Khartoum.
      The leaders of SPLM have to look sides.
      Why remitts fund to support protest/overthrow northern government, which fund should have helped in other ways,
      southerner are still in Khartoum and wanted to come to south, why not use the fund for the transportation of the southerners in hte north??
      SPLM generals have to look into!!

      Juvan
      Trier

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      • 15 February 2011 09:06, by Bol Deng

        Dear friends,

        Don,t you know that Nuba mountain and blue Nile states are mostly SPLM party?

        Do you guys mean that those two states should not express their right in the North while they still in the North administration? Wow!

        I am very much suprise why people fail to understand this instead of thinking that SPLM should distant it self. We have SPLM/A north sector if you guys does not know it. Thanks

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        • 15 February 2011 10:34, by Peter Mading

          Mr. Bol,
          If you really read my comment above, am saying SPLM Northern Sector. I was specific in saying it. I do understand better than you. I know the reason why i said SPLM Northern Sector should not be involved in Protest. If the SPLM Northern Sector did then there is a hidden agenda behind the protest. We southerners we need time to sort out the outstanding issues with the North and afterwards they all express their political rights.

          Do you know the implication connected to protest? The whole world will be Sweep to admiring at what is happenning in the arabs world inclusive of the Sudan.

          Think again if the Political Parties managed to overthrow Bashir, What good harvest would you expect to gain?

          Now look,what is happening in the Arabs worlds is the change of dominant regimes by few ruling Minorities. It has happened now as we talked in Iran. Those Countries are stable and the Citizens wanted a change of the dominant regimes. The Case of Sudan should be excluded because the South Sudan has to be accorded and accompanied to its full independence. After that they do what they like in their Country.

          The remaining five months are too short to prepare for Independent and we do not want any illed thoughts or opinions to happen in between.

          You get me right Mr. Bold.

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      • 15 February 2011 10:47, by Phreaking words

        Dear,
        SPLM as a political party of Sudan in general not only meant for South will not in whatever circumstances going with South Sudan alone, the rest of the SPLM/A members will still existing in the North Sudan even after 9th, July 2011(those of Yassir Ariman’s)while South Sudan also will still having some members of other parties ie NCP if any.
        Don’t mistaken that SPLM can not provide any support towards protest against Northern Ruling government, or you fear that if SPLM done anything there will be something to take away land(South Sudan), the uprising is not meant to delete the NCP from the list, but means to have voices of other northern parties like PCP, SCP & Northen SPLM part and to get rid of Bashir too to allow other(parties) ruling the north.

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  • 15 February 2011 07:56, by Phreaking words

    Ahahah, good, it will not be something easy for Bashir to allow the Sudanese opinions to protest against his 2010 newly elected government meanwhile the ICC will be waiting at a door to arrest him. it is a great surprise to use police forces to arrest civilians who expressed/demonstrated against the ruling party, why was it not happened in Tunisia & Egypt? does it means they didn’t have police in their countries which they would have used to stop anti-government protesters like what president Omar Hassen Aham Al Bashir always use against demonstrators/protesters.
    Bashir, this has been happening a little-by-little like a burning fire, please allow demonstrators to express their publics’ opinions rather than detention....
    they (Al Turabei’s) were the ones who brought you to this power, and they must have right to overthrow likewise.
    dear protesters, keep your candle burning till it will be hearing by the rest of the world, Bashir has to be warned seriously to stop using violent is putting to an end the public opinions.

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  • 15 February 2011 08:22, by Namaa

    YOU MUST BE KIDDING ME, THIS IS THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN OR A BUNCH OF DISILLUSIONMENT TEENAGERS ????

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    • 15 February 2011 10:18, by Phreaking words

      Cry aloud, you’re in Hell, in purgatory and gets disturb by agonized mentality with your dynamic mental illnesses, looks like a drown person clutching at straw, we still not hear you well, please beat that drum from far northern state of Khartuom and once reaches the western & eastern bushes, you’ll run away with it/him(stools/your defendant) passing stools while running like cowards Ox defeated from devastating prickled from its peer-to-peer fighting leaving flock to be owned by a brave one.
      Shame on your followers.

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  • 15 February 2011 11:23, by AAMA

    Accusing the opposition political parties of planning to overthrow the NCP is just a poor attempt to hide the popular feeling of mistrust and loss of any hope in NCP by the masses. The NCP knows that the masses affinity to all the Sudanese political parties has fallen to their lowest levels ever mainly driven by their past experiences when they were in power and their weakness in front of the NCP. Now, the NCP wants to single out the weaker parties (PCP, SCP and SPLM north) as the evil forces while they try to allure the bigger Umma and DUP into some dummy form of participation in the current government (to be dubbed as the wide unity government).

    The problem for the NCP is not the political parties, the problem is the silent masses who are raging in fury about what is happening to the country as a product of the NCP policies (weak with the world and strong with its helpless people). So, change is inevitable in Sudan, the only question is when? The people are still fragmented and afraid, however, given the Sudan situation, change needs to happen in Khartoum and Khartoums economic situation will deteriorate very rapidly after secession and given that people in Khartoum are much more enlightened and harder to fool than the peripheries, its only a matter of time before young graduated youth who work in minor jobs or can’t find a job revolt. This will be a non political revolution, and that’s what make the NCP shiver (you can’t blame the non politically affiliated people for their discontent with your policies).

    Peace.

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