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Protesters hoping Arab Spring will face hot summer in Sudan – Bashir


June 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — President Omer Hassan al-Bashir said opponents who call to overthrow his regime will face a hot summer instead of an Arab spring they call for. He also directed to stop business with companies from countries enforcing economic sanctions against Sudan.

Sudanese cheer for the President Omer al-Bashir as they attend the inauguration ceremony of the White Nile Sugar factory near the Al-Dewaim city in the state of the White Nile on July 11, 2012. (Getty)

Bashir was speaking in al-Dewaim where he attended the inauguration ceremony of the White Nile Sugar factory in the state of the White Nile.

Students and activists demonstrate since one month in small and widespread groups in the Sudanese capital and different parts of the country calling for regime change after the lift of oil subsidies on 16 June.

The protests continue in the country, despite the arrest of around two thousands demonstrators. In order to mobilise more and more protesters, the activists organise peaceful demonstrations after the Friday prayer.

Speaking about the dissent, Bashir threatened those "who wait for foreign support" to change the regime saying "those who expect an Arab Spring will not see it because Sudan has a hot summer that will burn its enemies and grill them."

He further warned the large crowd that those who want to topple the regime, actually seek to return the country to what it was before twenty-three years when he took the power through a coup d’état.

"But the people have proven their consciousness and they know that their interest is in the survival of the Ingaz’s government," he added.

Amnesty International and Human Rights watch called on Khartoum government to stop torture and ill-treatment of those arrested since last month. They say that former detainees reported beatings, verbal insults, food, water and sleep-deprivation.

The two rights groups further "urged the immediate and unconditional release of anyone arrested for participating in peaceful protests".

Bashir, on the other hand, told the crowd that he directed to stop doing business with "companies from nations hostile to Sudan". He added that Sudan has friends who can help and share mutual interests.

"our directives that no contract with companies of states boycotting Sudan because they seek to undermine our economy". He went further wondering " why we allow countries boycotting us to make benefits?"

Last April, the government was forced to postpone the opening of the biggest sugar factory in the country because a US firm refused to provide a software operating system due to the economic sanctions.

Sudan has been under American economic sanctions since 1997, and remains on the US list of state sponsors of terror. At the time, Khartoum harboured Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

After 2003 sanctions were tightened over the conflict in the Darfur region and human rights violations.

The White Nile Sugar factory is reported to have the capability of producing up to 450,000 tonnes of sugar annually within the next three years and 60 million litres (13 million gallons) of ethanol.


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  • 12 July 2012 12:57, by upothmalo jor

    Bashir your time is near ,keep on barking but sudanese people will ride you out in sudan to where you don’t know.please giveup if you want to save your life.do you think that sudase people will be rule by criminal like you,pleas you will die like dog no one will paid attention to you

    • 12 July 2012 13:30, by Aaban

      the holy Qur’an read!
      Tell those who believe, to forgive those who do not look forward to the Days of ALLAH: It is for HIM to recompense (for good or ill) each People according to what they have earned. Whoever acts righteously does so for hisown benefit and whoever commits evil does so against his own soul; then, unto your LORD you will return. [Qur’an: 45:14-15]

      • 12 July 2012 13:32, by Aaban

        O you who believe! stand out firmly for ALLAH, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just! That is next to piety. And be ever mindful of your duty to ALLAH! Surely ALLAH is Well-Aware of what you do. ALLAH has promised those that believe and do deeds of righteousness that they shall have Forgiveness and a Mighty

        • 12 July 2012 13:37, by Aaban

          Forgiveness and a Mighty Reward. [Qur’an 5:8-9]
          You can term it as you want but you will regret it at the end, childless dirty pig is talking my country to doom, coward and murderer have no future to lived, death to infidel,
          Allah will sent you to hell very soon and people will be free, no matter how much you will killed,

        • 12 July 2012 19:05, by laatmachol apac

          Bashir there is time to respect right of your citizen,why do not you satify the interest of your nation.How long do you want to be in power when you are not making relation with your neighbouring state.selfishness is ruining your soverity,Sudanese and South Sudanese brothers and sisters but you the impotent man with idiotic ideology have a negative altitude.why do you block bussinessmen.

    • 12 July 2012 15:17, by sudani ana

      Upo what ever

      Which Sudanese people are you talking about? Look at the photo of the thousands of Sudanese people celebrating the White Nile sugar factory. These are the Sudanese people who can look around them and see big projects built by this NCP government. You look around you and tell me what big projects built by SPLM in South? apart from the biggest robbery in history ie 4 Billion Dollar

      • 13 July 2012 04:34, by mohamed mahgoub

        Sudani ana let say this is a bigest factory in the world ! If u can find amarket for its out put which I doubt becz of the sanctions u know what your govnt will do with the money from it . It will buy weapons of mass destruction to more people in S.K,B.N and Darfur ,before we have Geyad auto company but it turned out nothing! Anyway this is just ameris bible to turn the world attention away fro

        • 13 July 2012 04:45, by mohamed mahgoub

          M the real situation in our country how many times we see in the news ( this is the bigest factory or project sometimes in Africa or midleeast or the the world and afterwards we see only nothing).

    • 12 July 2012 15:33, by sudani ana

      Allahu Akbar

      Thank you NCP, Thank you president Bashir. Please keep on building big projects and development in Sudan, and let our enemies die of envy.

    • 12 July 2012 17:00, by zulu


      As local financial institutions reel from a bad economic year, South Sudan’s banking sector has posted strong growth in the year under review contrary to available economic indicators in the region. Banks including KCB and Equity have sunk huge investments in Uganda, however, their bottom line has failed to reflect capital input as compared to S Sudan.

      • 12 July 2012 17:05, by zulu

        For example KCB alone made a profit of Ksh581 millions in South Sudan, beating all other KCB subsidiaries in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, where the group investment has been fairly huge with a view to reap in profits much more than it got from all these regional subsidiaries.

        • 12 July 2012 18:05, by homeboy

          Zulu,last time I checked KCB was a Kenyan bank.

          • 13 July 2012 08:01, by zulu

            The message is "contrary to earlier economic indicators," World bank and IMF together with the US predictions have all proclaimed doom to south sudan’s economic growth. Whether KCB is foreign or national the economy in the region is showing strength.

  • 12 July 2012 13:50, by sudani ana

    People North and South

    Just look at the photograph of the thousands of people celebrating with our President Bashir the inauguration of the White Nile Sugar Factory, and compare this with the meagre numbers of the demonstrators who come out burning tyres on the street. Where do you think the real Sudanese public is?

    • 12 July 2012 14:29, by Northern Sudanese

      sudani ana

      these people want the downfall of Bashir because they are taught that all the problems of a south sudanese citizen in this world, is coming from Bashir. those protesters are less than 30,000 which means less than 0.1% of sudan total population. most sudanese support Bashir and love him, he has built enormous projects and this is the most recent one, white nile sugar factory

      • 12 July 2012 18:07, by homeboy

        Oh please not the broken record of 01% again.

        • 12 July 2012 18:15, by Northern Sudanese


          how can it be broken? 0.1% is 30,000. how many do you see on the streets? i see nothing but a few hundreds XD

    • 12 July 2012 14:36, by Northern Sudanese

      white nile sugar factory, the largest in Africa and the middle east. this factory is worse 1 bilion USD . it will benefit Sudan a lot and will export sugar to all villages and cities across Sudan. In addition, it would produce Ethanol. SUDAN will become a major Ethanol exporter in the continent. from Kenana, WNSF , 4 new factories and Gatrofa plant in northern state which NCP plans by 2016.

    • 12 July 2012 16:12, by zulu

      people are not free to demonstrate against the government because they are scared, they are jailed, tortured and murdered. while those who demonstrate in favor of the government are infact commondered from the public transits and forced to chant ncp songs.
      the overthrowal could take a year but things are heating up for these old men

      • 12 July 2012 16:59, by sudani ana


        I used to think of you as an intelligent man though driven by hate for Northerners, but now you come across as just plain stupid. How can the government collect these thousands of people and force them to chant for the government. Truely your hatered knows no bounds

  • 12 July 2012 14:12, by stateman

    what ever a empty vessel makes alot of noise and so does a dying bull kick with a stragle when slaughtered

    • 12 July 2012 15:14, by Darkangel

      SOUTH SUDAN !!!

      • 12 July 2012 16:05, by zulu

        dont think because of the media control in sudan there is no line up. ironically, the present riots errupt due to fuel subsidies cutdown.
        there are 3 refineries now open in south sudan. one major one is due for port lamu.
        your president is doing a stunt though the joy that the riots could simmer due to fake sugar production

        • 12 July 2012 16:09, by zulu

          the stunt therefore is to woe ncp suppoerters as the collapsing regime has no response to the economic down turn. the ncp had said back then in april that gold could supplement the oil revenue lost. but it was a hoask. this sugar refinery could produce lesser as ncp still needs more sugar imported. do the math, it wont even get a billion dollars annually.

        • 12 July 2012 18:21, by Northern Sudanese


          stop lying to yourself, just yesterday US experts urged south sudan to reach a deal because they know its gonna take years to build a pipeline. this photo is not sudanese media, it is true and pertrol stations in Juba are dry!

          fake sugar production? lol, already dumb statements of being jealous. this sugar refinery will produce sugar and ethanol and more. Long Live SUDAN!!!!!

  • 12 July 2012 14:46, by Anti Terror Anti

    final whistle is blowing by the king of evils, tyranticalise Umar Bhashir in the north hahahahaha.U got it u who talk so much under his regime will soon face hot music...what aradilious for sharia law nation! just do whatever u want to do with your wivies in the north sudan but don’t ever try to step outside compound. u will be caught and taken to ICC office.....

    • 12 July 2012 18:24, by Northern Sudanese

      Anti Terror Anti

      We love our women, we treat them better than how you treat your women. your women get raped by their own police XD

      • 12 July 2012 19:16, by katnyokarieu

        Con.. Why did God create this gay devil mohamad who turn adultery with kadija.

        • 12 July 2012 21:51, by homeboy

          Katnyowhatever,your ignorance is beyond redemption .

      • 13 July 2012 00:20, by Observer

        N Sudanese
        Our women get raped and flogged by police and/or security.

        You seem to have forgotten Safiya Ishaq- and for those of you on here who love posting videos from You tube you can go there and look.

        Also what about the floggin of the woman that necessitated our President stepping in and ordering an enquiry.

  • 12 July 2012 16:06, by Majongdit

    Sudani Ana, Northern Sudanese How much bigger is the Sugar factory than the lives of people that you lose everyday in Darfur, S Kordofan and B Nile. 4 billion dollars may have been stolen in South Sudan by more than 75 people; compare that with a whole 9 billion dollars stolen by Beshir alone in Sudan. Tell Sudani ana!

    • 12 July 2012 18:27, by Northern Sudanese


      first of all, why is this sugar factory build? this sugar factory is build to help the poor, help the economy and help the country. this factory will produce 104 Megawatt of energy and half of it goes to the national grid to reach the poor and some villages. no1 is dying in Darfur since Khalil was killed and all the people of Darfur are now united

    • 12 July 2012 18:30, by Northern Sudanese

      United to develop their region, only rebels are making noises. when was the last time you heard of fighting in Darfur since khalil was killed? you only hear rebels looting villages. In SK and BN there is still crisis because rebels still exist there. when they are finished, all of sudan will develop. this factory is just the beginning

      • 12 July 2012 18:50, by Majongdit

        Northern Sudanese, thank you for a kind answer, but has it ever come to your knowledge that the new Sugar Factory is owned by al Beshir? The Sidanese shall be exporting ethanol and have enough sugar but al Beshir family shall reap all the benefits. Are you ok with that? Again, al Beshir still have our 9 billion usd in a foreign bank. Ask me and I will tell you the name of the bank. U see!

    • 12 July 2012 18:35, by Northern Sudanese

      About those 9bilion, you know very well that 9 bilion was denied by british banks.it was clearly a lie, yet your still making noises about it!

      compare our countries,we just build the largest sugar factory in Africa to help the whole country. when we build the next 4 factories we will be exporting sugar by 2016 and export more ethanol than the rest of Africa! ethanol from kenana, WNSF and

      • 12 July 2012 19:09, by Majongdit

        Northern Sudanese, I will continue to make noise because that money was not made in the Sudanese palace but from the resources and energy of the people of S Sudan and Sudan. Northern Sudanese, you are one guy I would love to sit down and talk to had it not bcos of impossibilities. I’d luv to mark u wrong or right at your very presence. Your arguments do not reflect the will of sudanese.

  • 12 July 2012 19:03, by E. Defense Forces
  • 12 July 2012 20:34, by Dr.Feel Good

    Omar put his hope on Iranian missiles to kill people.

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