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Bashir slams Sudan’s protesters as “bubbles”, vows continued crackdown

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June 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – In his first response to the wave of protests that has been gripping his country for the past eight days, Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir sought to downplay the growing unrest and dismissed the protesters as “bubbles” who will be “dealt with.”

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses a working women’s state organisation on June 24, 2012 in Khartoum (GETTY)

Addressing a gathering of students affiliated to his ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in the capital Khartoum on Sunday, Al-Bashir described the protesters as “aliens and bubbles” who failed to mobilize the streets.

His comments follow more than a week of protests that erupted on Sunday, 17 June, as the government moved to lift fuel subsidies as part of what officials say is an austerity package that includes downsizing of the government’s bureaucracy as well as cuts in the salaries and perks of senior state officials in order to make up for a budget deficit of 2 billion US dollars.

The protests, which were initially started by students against worsening economic conditions, gained unprecedented momentum in the following days as demonstrations spread to several parts of the capital as well as other towns including Al-Obaiyd in north Kordofana, Madani in Al-Jazzera State, and Port Sudan in the east.

The protesters burned tires, blocked roads and chanted slogans denouncing rising costs of living and calling for the downfall of Al-Bashir’s regime.

Police and security forces resorted to violence through the use of teargas, batons and rubber bullets to confront the demonstration amid reports sweeping arrests and severe injuries among the protesters.

Activists are reporting that a great number of students had sustained injuries during clashes around Khartoum University on Sunday with security forces and what they refer to as “Rapata”, a traditionalized Sudanese term for bandits, to describe plain-cloth NCP supporters who are armed with machetes and beat the protesters.

Al-Bashir, who was speaking in an undisguised agitation, said that the protesters were just a few “incited” individuals who are receiving no interaction from the public and will be “dealt with through institutions”

The Sudanese president said that he toured Khartoum in an open car on Friday, 22 June, and saw that the Sudanese street was not responding to the protesters.

He went on to call on students across the country not to pay attention to the “conspirators, traitors and collaborators”.

These are typically the terms Al-Bashir uses to describe associates of the rebel groups who are fighting his government in the regions of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Al-Bashir said that those dreaming of an Arab Spring in Sudan will be disappointed. He added amid supportive chants from the NCP audience that his government has nothing to fear and is not ashamed of admitting its economic problems.

“We are not afraid of being overthrown by anybody. Not America or anyone else because it is Allah who gives the rule” he said.

Al-Bashir admitted that Sudan was facing an economic crisis but he added that efforts were being made to mitigate its effects.

He reiterated his defense of the government’s decision to end fuel subsidies, saying it’s because supporting this particular commodity only benefits the rich.

Sudan has been grappling with rising inflation, which hit 30 percent last month mainly on food prices, and a depreciating currency ever since the country lost nearly 75 percent of its oil, the lifeblood of the economy, with the secession of South Sudan in July last year.

Matters became worse in January this year when land-locked South Sudan decided to shut down its oil production rather than exporting it through Sudan’s pipelines following a bitter row over transit fees.

Sudan also experienced a hiatus in the production of oil extracted from its main field in Heglig when the disputed region was occupied by South Sudan for ten days in mid-April

Al-Bashir said that South Sudan’s decision to shut down oil production was “suicidal” and aimed at hurting Sudan. He added that recovering the economy requires tough treatment, stressing the necessity of reducing consumption and ending subsidies.

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  • 25 June 2012 09:21, by Aaban

    This childless criminal of Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin think that he will be in that chair for long, God is great,

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    • 25 June 2012 09:27, by Northern Sudanese

      Aaban

      you childish southerner should stay away from sudan unrest. you aren’t sudanese to care about sudanese government. care about your own dead country.

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      • 25 June 2012 09:33, by Aaban

        Another mad coward from Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya of Ja’alin tribe
        Yes this is not something new to us this is the tactic used by your Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya of Ja’alin tribe to term those who disagreed with them as southerners in order to get support from other tribe, now you are killing us and become your enemies, and anyone who disagreed with you will be called whatsoever you want, go head

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        • 25 June 2012 09:36, by Aaban

          nothing new from your mentality, How come you’re Ja’alin committed genocide in my region? We already knew those you mass murdering from my region are not Darfur people right? you can kiss Bashir ass but i will not coward idiot, use your really names.

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          • 25 June 2012 10:02, by Northern Sudanese

            Aaban

            WTF? stay out of anything which bothers sudan. we don’t listen to whatever western propaganda says. STFU and care about south sudan as you are south sudanese and not sudanese

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            • 25 June 2012 12:30, by Aaban

              ??? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????? ?? ?????, ??? ??? ?? ??? ???? ???? ?? ??????? ??????? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??????, ??? ??? ???? ?? ???? ?????? ??? ??????? ??????, ???? ?? ?? ???? ????? ?? ?????, ???? ?? ??? ???? ???? ???? ????? ??, ??? ??? ?? ???????? ????????? ?? ????? ?? ??? ???? ???? ????? ?????? ?? ????? ?????, ??????? ????? ?? ????? ??? ??????? ja’alin ????????

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              • 25 June 2012 12:40, by Aaban

                ??? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????? ?? ?????, ??? ??? ?? ??? ???? ???? ?? ??????? ??????? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??????, ??? ??? ???? ?? ???? ?????? ??? ??????? ??????, ???? ?? ?? ???? ????? ?? ?????, ???? ?? ??? ???? ???? ???? ????? ??, ??? ??? ?? ???????? ????????? ?? ????? ?? ??? ???? ???? ????? ?????? ?? ????? ?????, ??????? ????? ?? ????? ??? ??????? ja’alin ????????

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                • 25 June 2012 13:24, by sudani ana

                  Aaban

                  Sorry about the two blank messages posted by you... I can fill in the gaps for you (Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya of Ja’alin tribe,Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya of Ja’alin tribe,Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya of Ja’alin tribe,Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya of Ja’alin tribe,Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya of Ja’alin tribe,Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya of Ja’alin tribe....... we get your message, thanks!!!

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                  • 25 June 2012 13:41, by Aaban

                    You with your birds brain will never accomplishes anything apart from denial of truth,
                    You are coward as I can see from your names. Use your really names, I don’t talk with ghost aliens, go and find your type,
                    Yes I know you are coward from Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe who love to suck other people blood, but don’t worry we will cut that lifeline you feed on, African are united than

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                    • 25 June 2012 13:47, by Aaban

                      ever before, your childless leader will vanish soon, but for cowardice idiot is that you know that what you’re doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can’t stop it because you are those people who does not accept others, go and fuck yourself, wicked Ja’alin boy, use your names,

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          • 25 June 2012 15:59, by Mustafa

            Aalan i agree with u! u can tell am northern ofcourse from the name but anyway i do think it is enough of albasheer and his brutalities, the uneducated uncivilized president. i do think separation of the south is the only good thing he did but, during his time we were named the third most failed state in the world, america bombed us, we got economic sanctions and almost bankrupt.

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            • 25 June 2012 17:40, by Mach

              Wow, Mustafa, good for you, you know the truth, but no matter what; at the end, you’ll regain your country and you’ll be back as one of the strongest nation once again. Stay strong you’ll be fine.

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              • 25 June 2012 18:03, by Mach

                One thing I would disagree with you Mustafa is; Bashir never had intention for South Sudan to separate, that’s why he cut off the “head of sneak” thinking that, he will erase everything South Sudan fought for, for over 20 years and put Sudan back as a one country.

                But to his surprise; things didn’t end up the way he intended!

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      • 25 June 2012 14:45, by SeekingTruth

        So Al-Bashir knows very well that his days are nearly over and so he is calling Allah to save him and his crooks? NO, Allah has had enough too!!! Haahhah, look at these retards!

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    • 25 June 2012 19:27, by Gule

      This type of language has no room in peaceful and civilized society, what if he had children?. You would want to kill them right?. He does not, and he is an easy pick for you. Perhaps you should focus on your own issues, stop wishing people quick death, while rushing them to the grave yards. This wicked spirit never develops societies, Al Bashir term is about to be over, it will never be revise.

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  • 25 June 2012 09:32, by Northern Sudanese

    As i said before, these students are in hundreds they don’t even reach 5,000. a few hundreds don’t represent 30 milion people. a few hundreds will never ever be able to overthrow a man who rules 30 milion people. these few hundreds even struggle to reach 1% of sudan population. 1%= 300,000 and they struggle to reach 5,000.

    most sudanese love bashir, he won’t fall

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    • 25 June 2012 10:41, by Logic

      Hahahaha

      The racist retards are in denial, looooool!

      Deny all you like, your Beshir is going down. lolol.

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      • 25 June 2012 13:21, by Northern Sudanese

        Logic

        denial? its the truth you self killer :D

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    • 25 June 2012 11:51, by zulu

      AABAN,
      North sudanese who is not even sudanese is complaing that you are asserting your rights. but who is sudanese? a pretend Nigerian, or etheopian? We all know that true sudnaese are Nubians, Darfurians and Blue Nile Funj and not those Jaalin and Bandariah

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    • 25 June 2012 16:07, by Mustafa

      Dear Northern Sudanese
      ashook al saraha inak sudani. How can u call yourself Sudanese and he is killing our children you retard, either your working for our government or you are a complete retard. all of us don’t want to see regime. if you do support it, name me one good thing they accomplished. he made our lives a living hell, i wanna know only keaf 7a igablo rabahom.

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      • 25 June 2012 19:00, by sudani ana

        Mustafa
        Do you think giving an Arabic name and saying a few Arabic words makes people believe that you are northerner? For gods sake, Arabic is number one language in South Sudan.

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    • 26 June 2012 11:59, by Augustino Ambros

      Wow, Wow, Wow! Oh I think you are lost my friend, you with your fishbrain.

      I can’t agree in what you said & I don’t blame you because you might not have any knowledge about Al Bashir.
      So Al Bashir is hated in Khartoum wide if you don’t know!!!

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  • 25 June 2012 09:36, by Observer

    The arrogance of our President is amazing.. Not happy with calling the S Sudanese insects now he calls his own people aliens and bubbles.
    Wondered what part of Khartoum he toured in an open car?. What an absolute lie- he doesn’t even have an open car as he is so scared of being attacked.. The lies are not being believed President other than from your blind, loyal, paid supporters.

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  • 25 June 2012 09:40, by Madina Tonj

    Look criminal Omar al Bashir is ignoring saying, it is just a bubbles by protesters. I said, this guilty party NCP will only listening to you if you use gun for example, SPLA/SPLM in South Sudan. For many years they ignored South Sudan later when Southern Sudanese took it seriously then, they understand better.Shoutting with empties hands wouldn’t change Old regime but Libyan style yes, it needed

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    • 25 June 2012 13:12, by sudani ana

      Madina Tonj

      You sound very caring and sincere in encouraging Sudanese people to carry arms and kill each other, whilst praising the much hated SPLM/A. Get a life, or rather get an education.

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      • 25 June 2012 18:08, by katnyokarieu

        sudani ana re they killing or liberating from fake arab in khartoum national criminal protectors should go now.rule ur ancentral Africa mr.malik Agar

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  • 25 June 2012 10:06, by Northern Sudanese

    As i said before, these students are in hundreds they don’t even reach 5,000. a few hundreds don’t represent 30 milion people. a few hundreds will never ever be able to overthrow a man who rules 30 milion people. these few hundreds even struggle to reach 1% of sudan population. 1%= 300,000 and they struggle to reach 5,000.

    most sudanese love bashir, he won’t fall

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  • 25 June 2012 10:25, by Mapuor

    Those who are on the street are the highly educated in Sudan.They know where Sudan is econoimically.Its true that majority of Sudanese are not highly educated.South Sudan is different in that ,there are highly educated few who have all along been directing the country’s affairs.

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    • 25 June 2012 13:24, by Northern Sudanese

      Mapuor

      ’’Its true that majority of Sudanese are not highly educated’’ are you mad?

      ’’South Sudan is different in that ,there are highly educated few who have all along been directing the country’s affairs.’’ South Sudan? more than 80% of people in south sudan cant read or right and even most of the 20% who can don’t finish high school.

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    • 25 June 2012 13:26, by Northern Sudanese

      Mapuor

      we still have scores of southerners studying in sudanese universities.

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  • 25 June 2012 11:37, by Daniel Buolmawei

    “We are not afraid of being overthrown by anybody. Not America or anyone else because it is Allah who gives the rule” he said."

    Fake Arab murderers think Allah gives them rule to exterminate human beings in the world. What kind of Allah endorses killing of innocent Muslims? If there’s no other God I would remain atheist until I die. It was be embarrassing associating myself w/ Bashir’s God Allah.

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  • 25 June 2012 13:25, by Northern Sudanese

    As i said before, these students are in hundreds they don’t even reach 5,000. a few hundreds don’t represent 30 milion people. a few hundreds will never ever be able to overthrow a man who rules 30 milion people. these few hundreds even struggle to reach 1% of sudan population. 1%= 300,000 and they struggle to reach 5,000.

    most sudanese love bashir, he won’t fall

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  • 25 June 2012 16:01, by Peter Reat Gatkuoth

    There is no more issue of Oil.....let the youth of Sudan change the system first before further negotiation in Addis ababa. People have right to choose their leader and Bashir group is outdate....its a new century. There is no one to lead for life.

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  • 25 June 2012 16:27, by Martin Muong

    Gadaffi called Libyan protesters cockroaches but the same protesters whom he described as rats sent him to hell. In this case, Bashir term Sudanese protesters as "bubbles" and vows to crackdown the protesters. The protesters will bring him to their knees. The genocidal regime is about to end.

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    • 25 June 2012 18:07, by Northern Sudanese

      when gaddafi was in power, most libyans were against him. in sudan its different.

      these students are in hundreds they don’t even reach 5,000. a few hundreds don’t represent 30 milion people. a few hundreds will never ever be able to overthrow a man who rules 30 milion people. these few hundreds even struggle to reach 1% of sudan population. 1%= 300,000.

      bashir won’t fall! :)

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      • 25 June 2012 18:37, by katnyokarieu

        what do u means ,why did south sudan break away? Blue Nile and south kordufan and Darfur re now in the bush against those criminal .for how much u re denying.ur criminal Besite will die this yr mark me right and malik Agar the President of sudasn

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      • 25 June 2012 18:58, by Nubian King

        Dear N.Sudanese,
        It’s high you should realize that Gadhafi did far more better to Libyans than what Bashir is doing. During Gahafi’s time, Libyans lacked only partial democracy but now they’re only relying on relief foods. For Bashir, we knew tribalism, economic sanctions, unstoppable wars, corruption, ICC indictment, South Sudan separation, genocides, hunger.....the list ends not.So wake u now!

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    • 25 June 2012 19:10, by Nubian King

      Dear Martin,
      those are the characteristics of a falling regime. Bashir won’t end calling people names. He called South Sudanese "INSECTS" and his govt is negotiating with the same insects. Haiya.... I don’t have to speak a lot now because I’ve to go and get myself stick which I’ll use when we capture Bashir and do him the same things that were done to Ghadafi. REGIME CHANGE, AN ULTIMATE TOOL!

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      • 25 June 2012 19:35, by Gule

        @ Nubian King, you are a disgrace to Africa. If that is what you are planning to do to Bashir, I do not want to be part of it, I am an African. Do not include me into that psychopath behavior, Gadhaffi helped many parts of Africa, he supported many African independence and revolutionary movements, what you have in mind is disgusting, total witch hunt, witch craft. You are a bad example for Africa.

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        • 25 June 2012 19:44, by Gule

          @ Nubian King, Al Bashir will have to vacate office, not as you have termed for him to get killed, what you are practicing is a recipe for disaster, Bashir collaborated in over throwing Gadhaffi, he betrayed Libya, that case will be haunting him very soon, he should be ousted from power, demoted, titles withdrawn, not get him killed. When people are reduced to regular existence, no point killing.

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    • 25 June 2012 19:49, by Gule

      @ Martin Muong, Bashir and NATO betrayed Gadhaffi, Bashir himself had alot to do with Libyan crisis, Gadhaffi was not that bad at all, Libya is far worse off today than in times of Gadhaffi. Bashir made many mistakes, he will pay for it, do not under estimate he does have supporters, and the army at his side. Sudan risks blood bath, Libya at the moment is not any better, who is the winner?.

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  • 25 June 2012 21:25, by panom lualbil

    TO: OMER BULSHIT

    How come your country [sudan] ran backruptcy so quick THAN

    the OWNER of OILS whom you have been siphoned it since

    1972 of discovery untill 2010 ? Hell, it’s a PAIN in your

    stinky asshole dude. But hey, wait ! I got some pises

    overflowing along an old pipeline though to quence your

    thirst !

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  • 25 June 2012 21:25, by AAMA

    These protests are not bubbles, they are game changers, even if the government controls the situation this time, they can’t hold on for long as they have made sooooo much enemies in every big town and neighborhood. The government should act NOW & fast to find a solution similar to the Yemen one to save bashir from icc, otherwise, it will be like Libya in the near future.

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  • 25 June 2012 21:51, by AAMA

    So far, the government chose to suppress the protest but they still pop up everyday and they might increase also. If things escalate and shooting and butchery starts, then I think the army will either side with the people or split and if that happens, the security council will literally take 2 min to decide on intervention.

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  • 25 June 2012 22:49, by BM Bol

    Bashir can call them all you wants but, the protesters will have the last words. History has never been kind to the fools – Bashir being the lead fool who thinks he owns Sudan.

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  • 26 June 2012 04:42, by Gule

    Protestors will have last word when NATO and other rogue governments with colonial tendencies join the fight, protestors without weapons are a waste of time, unless they have an agenda that is backed by armed resistance, as far things are going in Sudan for now, authority, security forces can round out those hoodlums, lock them up, break their jaws or bones. Bashir is backed by Zionist Qatar.

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  • 26 June 2012 07:04, by E. Defense Forces

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