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Al-Mahdi cancels South Darfur rally after protests against his visit


Al-Mahdi speaks at troubling public meeting held in Nyala on 1 February 2020 (SUNA photo)

February 3, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sadiq al-Mahdi; the leader of the National Umma Party (NUP) had to cancel a public meeting in El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur as result of a protest against his visit to the region.

A group of dozens of El-Geneina youth chanted slogans against Sadiq al-Mahdi and burned the flags of his party creating tensions that led the political veteran to cancel his rally.

Already, on Saturday al-Mahdi had to confront some protesters who sought to disturb a meeting he held in Nyala of South Darfur.

No armed group has claimed the responsibility of the protests against al-Mahdi who is their political ally within the Sudan Call alliance. However, the slogans, chanted by the protesters, about the need to prioritize the peace process have been developed by Darfur armed groups.

"The situation in the town is tense after the tribal conflicts, so the public meeting was cancelled, and there will be other meetings and visits," Mohamed al-Amin Abd al-Nabi, a NUP media official told Sudan Tribune.

The demonstrations marched in El-Geneina streets and chanted slogans refusing al-Mahdi’s visit to the state such as "We will not disperse unless al-Sadiq returns (to Khartoum)". The security forces were heavily deployed in the town but they did not intervene.

The NUP General-Secretariat issued a statement detailing the actions of the party after last December tribal clashes between the Massalit and the Arab tribes.

The statement mentioned the NUP’s investigation committee, humanitarian assistance provided by the party to the affected IDPs and the contacts with the authorities to hold accountable the perpetrators of the violence.

Al-Mahdi is touring the party’s constituencies as part of his efforts to reach out his supporters and mobilize them for the upcoming general elections which are planned for the end of 2022.


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  • 4 February 2020 11:54, by Mayendit

    This man Sadiq al Mahdi is always talking down against all in Sudan and South Sudan. He was still thinking about Arabs policy against the whole Black African and the only tool for all Black African in Sudan is to fights until your rights achieve. Self determination and separation between church and government rules is the only tool to isolate those who mistreated Nuba and Darfurian and Blue Nile p

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    • 5 February 2020 04:26, by Fathi

      If Sadiq al Mahdi is "always talking down against all in Sudan and South Sudan" can you provide me with examples? Don’t get me wrong, I have a negative opinion of Sadiq al Mahdi, but not for the same reasons. How does self-determination help the situation in Darfur? They have many internal conflicts and self-determination doesn’t solve anything.

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      • 5 February 2020 04:33, by Fathi

        Self determination is a joke used by western countries to weaken other countries. Everyone knows that when countries are divided they’re weaker and easier to control. That is why they divided Africa into many countries. Look at how all the Europeans aren’t supporting self-determination of Catalonia in Spain.

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        • 5 February 2020 04:36, by Fathi

          These western countries wouldn’t have supported South Sudan’s independence if it didn’t have oil and minerals to exploit. Stop pretending like you care about Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan. The truth is South Sudan betrayed all those regions by seeking independence instead of regime change.

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          • 5 February 2020 04:42, by Fathi

            They believed in the cause, that the SPLM was fighting for regime change to establish a more inclusive and representative Sudan, a New Sudan. It turned out that Dr. John Garang was the only southerner that believed in the New Sudan Vision.

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            • 5 February 2020 04:51, by Fathi

              The sad thing is that southern Sudan, Darfur, Blue Nile, & South Kordofan, & eastern Sudan were going to defeating Bashir. Dr. John Garang was forced to sign the CPA due to west threatening to cut off support if he didn’t. Dr. Garang wasn’t trying to betray the people who believed in to his vision. That is why he included the 2010 election in the CPA.

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              • 5 February 2020 05:00, by Fathi

                He knew he would have defeated Bashir. He held 3 rallies in Khartoum and had hundreds of thousands if not a million supporters. That is when the west realized he would’ve defeated Bashir in 2010. They knew that if he had those 5 years, there would’ve been real changes in Sudan. Despite the 99% who chose to secede, the question that should be asked would SSDN secede if Dr. Garang was president?

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                • 5 February 2020 05:08, by Fathi

                  I personally would like to think no. The NSV addressed the root causes of our problems. It should also be noted that John Garang was a pan africanist, he knew that a united Africa meant a stronger and more prosperous Africa.

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                  • 5 February 2020 05:13, by Fathi

                    I would also like to note that we never had actual sharia law in Sudan. What we had were corrupt zealots that manipulated Islam in order to stay in power and loot our nation by dividing our people and marginalizing those in the peripheries. If they truly believed in Islam, they would’ve sent missionaries to the south not the military.

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                    • 5 February 2020 05:18, by Fathi

                      Lastly, we are all black Africans in Sudan. Sudan literally translates to the land of the blacks. We are mainly arab by language and some cultural similarities. If you check peer reviewed genetic articles, you will see we are more similar to "black Africans" than we are to arabs.

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                      • 5 February 2020 05:24, by Fathi

                        My belief is that the so-called arabs tend to identify as arabs instead of African due to ottoman colonization, decades of government propaganda, wanting to fit-in with arabs in the region, and wanting to decrease the chances of being discriminated against by some of the racist arabs in the region. Despite the attempts of assimilating, many arabs still discriminate against the so-called arab of SD

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                      • 5 February 2020 05:25, by Fathi

                        My belief is that the so-called arabs tend to identify as arabs instead of African due to ottoman colonization, decades of government propaganda, wanting to fit-in with arabs in the region, and wanting to decrease the chances of being discriminated against by some of the racist arabs in the region. Despite the attempts of assimilating, many arabs still discriminate against the so-calledarab of SDN

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                        • 5 February 2020 05:30, by Fathi

                          I like to think of some of the oppressive so-called sudanese arabs like I do the poor white people of America. A lot of the poor white people in America feel superior to non-white people because it makes them feel better about their shitty situation. The truth is that everyone’s situation would be better if they addressed the corrupt system that led to them being in that shitty situation.

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                          • 5 February 2020 05:42, by Fathi

                            To be clear, I’m not against secularizing (separate church & state)Sudan because I believe unity & stability should be prioritized at the moment.

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                            • 5 February 2020 05:46, by Fathi

                              Separating religion and state isn’t easy for people who view religion as liberating. Also, how do you discern between good and bad without God? How about morality? Who determines what are human rights? It is all subjective and can change over time without the objective guidance provided by God.

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                              • 5 February 2020 05:54, by Fathi

                                To prove my last point, look at how the world is shifting toward calling gay rights human rights. They all didn’t believe that 50 years ago. In fact it wasn’t even legal in almost all countries, if not all countries. By agreeing secularize, it can lead to other countries influencing your policies and pushing their agendas.

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                                • 5 February 2020 06:00, by Fathi

                                  Even America isn’t truly secular. Look at how religious lobbies influence policy. Why is America so concerned with Sudan secularizing? They always talk about religious persecution in Sudan, even after South Sudan’s independence. Sudan is now 97% muslim while Saudi arabia is now 97% muslim. Why isn’t America pressuring Saudi Arabia to secularize? They persecute different sects of islam consistently

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                                  • 5 February 2020 06:10, by Fathi

                                    Sudan should have representative constitution that is influenced by the Sudanese people’s beliefs (including Christianity & animist/traditional african beliefs) while not oppressing minority communities.

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                                    • 5 February 2020 06:14, by Fathi

                                      One more thing, the majority of the people in Darfur aren’t asking for self determination and neither is Malik Agar & Yasser Arman, representatives for parts of the Blue Nile. If you believe in self-determination so much, why don’t the Nuer & other tribes demand self determination. More people died in SSDN civil war than in Darfur. How come there wasn’t a whole save SSDN campaign?

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                                      • 5 February 2020 06:21, by Fathi

                                        The conflict in Darfur was heavily influenced by western nations too so that South Sudan could secede. Every single puppet in region (except egypt) was smuggling in weapons to make Sudan less stable. That includes Ethiopia for decades & letting SPLM use their radio to communicate, Eritrea for uprisings in the east, major help from Uganda (which is why Bashir smuggled weapons to Joseph Kony’s LRA),

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                                        • 5 February 2020 06:28, by Fathi

                                          Kenya, The DRC from south africa, Chad strongly impact for the escalation of the Darfur crisis due to US ties but stopped in 07 after Bashir supported anti government rebels there, Libya for decades because Gaddafi was against Bashir’s regime for decades and he funded Gibril Ibrahim (JEM) which is why Bashir smuggled weapons to Libya’s rebels in 2011 & supported the overthrow.

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                                          • 5 February 2020 06:33, by Fathi

                                            Lastly, look at how they are pushing for Hong Kong’s independence and are heavily in support of Taiwan’s independence. Look at all the media coverage by western nations of Hong Kong protests.

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                                            • 5 February 2020 06:37, by Fathi

                                              Also look at the coverage of Iran protests. Only a couple thousand MEK tools were on the streets. Then look at how Iran media was covering it. Tell me Mayendit, have you seen any coverage of Yellow Vest protests in France? They’re on the verge of revolution. Their nurses, doctors, tax collectors, firefighters all quit and are protesting France’s globalization bs.

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                                              • 5 February 2020 06:43, by Fathi

                                                Firefighters are fighting cops on the streets. It has been escalating a year now. Why is there no coverage of that? It is because the rules, beliefs, & status quo only applies when it benefits them and their interests. Please stop promoting western backed violent civil wars in Africa. You should advocate for justice, unity, & prosperity for all of Africa, not violence & division in Africa.

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                                                • 6 February 2020 02:55, by Khent

                                                  Fathi/Northern Sudanese

                                                  I really must commend your development and maturity. I agree with virtually everything you laid out, with the exception of South Sudan’s casualty figures. The official UN figure is 50, 000 - and this is undoubtedly far too low and out of date. The UN stopped counting after a certain point -> as it did in Darfur...

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                                                  • 6 February 2020 03:09, by Khent

                                                    The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine came out with its own casualty figures for South Sudan’s civil war. This mirrors what happened in Darfur. The official UN estimate for Darfur was 300, 000 but some estimates had it as high as 500, 000. In either case, Sudanese blood (North & South) was needlessly lost.

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                                                    • 6 February 2020 08:28, by Fathi


                                                      I thank you for the kind words. I referenced the deaths in Darfur & South Sudan so that Mayendit can view things from a more personal perspective in order to remove any possible bias when assessing the situation in Darfur. A better example would be the civil wars in DRC. There isn’t media outrage or moves to divide it because it is being exploited.

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                                                      • 6 February 2020 08:41, by Fathi

                                                        There is no need for senseless violence in the greater Sudans. We must stop doing our governments’ dirty work by dividing ourselves along religious, tribal, and ethnic lines. We should work to unite on our similarities while respecting our differences. Unity, peace, and prosperity should be prioritized. Violence should always be the last resort to address our problems.

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