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Death of Darfur students continues to spark demos, arrests in Sudan’s capital


December 10, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Protests in the Sudanese capital Khartoum over the death of four students originally from the country’s western region of Darfur continued for the third day on Monday as the ensuing security clampdown led to more arrests, witnesses told Sudan Tribune.

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Sudanese students demonstrate in front of the Faculty of Computer Sciences and Information Technology in Port, Sudan (AFP/File)

Nearly 500 students marched out of Al-Nilain University in the center of the capital shouting slogans calling for regime change and denouncing the killing of the students as the “killing of a nation” but police forces broke up the protest using heavy teargas.

A similar protest involving 200 students who demonstrated outside the agriculture faculty of Khartoum University in Khartoum North (Bahri) and attempted to block a bridge linking it to Omdurman was also dispersed by security forces.

Dozens of other students demonstrated in the capital’s central bus station known as “Jakson Square”, where police arrested many of them and charged them with rioting and disturbing public order.

This is the third and more potent round of protests over the mysterious death on 7 December of four Darfuri students and disappearance of two others at Al-Gazira University in Madani town, South of Khartoum.

The bodies of the dead students were found in a canal after they went missing following their participation earlier in the week in a sit-in staged by students from Darfur to protest the university administration’s refusal to waive their tuition fees as agreed under the 2010 Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) which was signed between the government and a rebel faction to end the nine-year conflict in the region.

The sit-in was disrupted by police forces and loyalists of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) who attacked the protesters and chased them to the site of the canal.

Darfur Students Association and activist groups say the four were killed, blaming their death on what they described as NCP militias.

Eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune that Monday’s demonstrations witnessed a significant increase in the number of participants but the protests did not last for long compared to Sunday’s protests in which more than 400 student protesters from Khartoum University demonstrated in the center of the town for hours as the police struggled to break them up due to heavy traffic.

The police say 47 protesters were arrested during Sunday’s protests on charges of illegal assembly and causing riots can chaos.

In a statement released on Monday, the police said that the students protested against the background of the “drowning” of four university students. The statement stated that the protesters clogged traffic and vandalized public and private properties, adding that the police had managed to control the situation “using minimum civil force”

Meanwhile, chief editors of Sudanese newspapers received strict orders via sms from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Sunday’s evening to refrain from publishing any reports about the protests in their Monday’s editions except the official comments.

NISS also banned newspapers from publishing unusual comments by the NCP’s senior Darfuri member Hassan Bargo who accused the government of targeting Darfur students in universities.

The board of deans of Al-Gazira University decided on Monday to suspend study indefinitely.

The federal ministry of higher education has claimed that there is another reason for the incidents that happened at Al-Gazira University but would not reveal it.

The higher education minister Khamis Kago Kunda told reporters on Monday that the events that took place in Al-Gazira were not caused by the tuition waiver issue but there are other reasons. He however did not say what they were.

Condemnations, calls for probe

The death of Darfur students has sparked an outcry and calls for immediate investigations.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a press release issued on Monday that Sudanese authorities should immediately investigate the deaths and bring those responsible to account.

Similarly, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), a Sudanese NGO, called on Sudanese authorities to condemn the excessive use of force by its security forces and conduct an immediate investigation into the deaths.

Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) reported on Sunday that the ministry of justice decided to form a committee to investigate the deaths.


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  • 11 December 2012 07:56, by zulu

    Death to the murderers. You keep killing the owners of the land you foreigners. This is your last chance because fire is expanding and you may not be able to extinguish it. If you run south, you will meet the Dinka. You North, behold the scorching desert and of course the Egyptian Asps.

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    • 11 December 2012 11:39, by Logic

      Sell out Darfuri leaders remain silent while their students & young are being butchered by the NCP militia, how ironic!
      If the dead students were of Arabized tribes, the uproar would have been louder, the beloved homeland needs to be cleansed from those racist / bigoted leaders.
      Long live the fight for freedom and equality.

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  • 11 December 2012 07:57, by Aaban

    What a criminal gangs of blasphemous Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Hashimite airhead janjaweed criminal, they charge people who express their sadness throught demostration and they do not charge those criminal who killed my relatives, how do you called that, I once runn away from that doom Gov but I hate to be the only one alives while my people are being killed, ja’lain sold their soul to evil

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  • 11 December 2012 08:31, by ForAll

    - Claim to a benefit that everyone should have
    - universal domain (all people everywhere)-
    - equal rights-
    - claims against governments

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  • 11 December 2012 08:35, by ForAll

    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

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  • 11 December 2012 08:38, by ForAll

    UN Declaration Of Human Rights
    Article 4
    No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

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  • 11 December 2012 09:14, by kuac Agol

    Dear Demonstrators
    Bashir is dying because of Darfure and other parts of Sudan which seemed to be problematic to him,therefore ,he needs to die with more people especially Darfure people who gave him cancer that will possibly take him away from your seen
    Plse, leave demos and watch him dying rather than causing more lives for reasons which will not be understood by dying President

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  • 11 December 2012 10:52, by ForAll

    Today I am fasting for Zanuba, my sister from Darfur. I am fasting for Zanuba, whose village was destroyed and whose eyes and ears witnessed atrocities no human being should ever witness. Tzivia Schwartz- Getzug

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  • 11 December 2012 10:59, by ForAll

    And that is why we don’t want to turn our backs to our brothers in Darfur. …
    Simon Deng

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  • 11 December 2012 11:06, by ForAll

    The French Secretary of State for Human Rights, Rama Yade, said Saturday during a visit to Ethiopia, that there “is no peace without justice”.
    Rama Yade

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  • 11 December 2012 11:38, by Nyakuzuny

    O my God Darfure is alreaday finish,let them call I.C.C TO Arrest that criminal Man,if this criminal leader will not Arrest there is no pleace b/n Darfure and Sudan.

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  • 11 December 2012 14:07, by ForAll


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  • 12 December 2012 05:37, by Observer

    Thank goodness for the likes of Sudan Tribune etc who NISS can’t prevent them from telling the truth and not ensuring that the locals who rely on newspapers only get to read the government lies.
    So much for freedom of the press in this country.

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