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Sudan arrests, beats female protestors as world marks International Women’s Day


March 8, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese anti-riot police on Tuesday arrested and beat dozens of women activists shortly after they attempted to stage a protest in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman against the alleged rape of a young female activist last month and right abuses, manifesting Khartoum’s growing anxiety over dissent.

Sudanese women protesting for political rights, photo: GCRT

Women protestors gathered in a public square in central Omdurman on Tuesday and lifted banners demanding the authorities to cease "violence against women," citing the case Saffiya Ishaq, a young female activist who appeared in a Youtube video last month accusing members of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services of gang-raping her after she participated in anti-government protests late in January.

But policemen swiftly moved to break up the protest, arresting and beating with batons over forty activists, eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune and added that the police even confiscated the cameras of journalists who came to cover the protest.

The protest was planned by the "No to violence against women initiative" to mark International Women’s Day and denounce right abuses against women in Sudan.

"The arrests debunk claims of democratic transformation and reveal the miserable conditions of freedoms in Sudan" Gala Al-Azhari, a member of the opposition Democratic Unionist Party told Sudan Tribune, demanding that the authorities release all detainees "immediately".

Some protestors were released on bail hours later while others are still under arrest.

Sudanese authorities have in the past crushed any attempts to stage anti-government demonstrations, but they recently stepped up their crackdown on dissent following mass protests in neighboring Egypt and Libya.

Last September, Sudan arrested over forty women protestors when they held a peaceful demonstration in Khartoum against flogging of women, sparked by the appearance of a Youtube video showing Sudanese police lashing a women as she screamed for mercy.

Opposition parties plan to hold a demonstration in Abu Genzeir square in central Khartoum on Wednesday in solidarity with the Egyptian and ongoing Libyan revolutions. However the police authorities warned they would not allow this "illegal" political gathering.

Sudan used heavy force in late January to break up small anti-government demonstrations in Khartoum organized via the internet by youth groups demanding reforms and reversal of hikes in prices of basic commodities. Many activists were arrested and tortured, according to human rights organizations.


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  • 9 March 2011 08:19, by dotcom


    It has come to my attention that some of you are not abiding by the house rules. instead of addressing an issue as its rightly reported by our hardworking team, you resort to making unnecessary comments that cannot serve anyone’s interest.

    BE WARNED THAT: we expect decency in everyone’s comments but when extraneous commentary is seen from some individuals, they will be deleted straight away or that member will not be allowed to login. we are not limiting anyone’s freedom of speech but this has gone far beyond the red line.

    I hope you’ll understand

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    • 9 March 2011 09:25, by Sudani Logik

      Mohammed Ali and Jalaby

      Is this the kind of North Sudan you’re proud of? The end time for your NCP is near.

      By the way southern MP’s are being told to leave without their salaries and incentives being paid up until July as per the interim constitution, so don’t come here and try to spread your propaganda. They would be glad to leave provided no legislation concerning the south or post referendum issues is discussed as well as their financial rights being met.

      DO NOT SPREAD LIES, you racist bigots!

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      • 9 March 2011 10:59, by Challenger

        Sudani logic,

        Now you are talking.

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      • 9 March 2011 11:14, by Jalaby

        Mr. No Logic,

        Leave NCP end time and period for northerners it is not your business anymore and don’t put your nose on something not of your business!

        We don’t care who rule or will rule the south, Kiir, Machar, Athor, etc and we respect southerners choice and we expect the same from your side in return .. understood or you need more lessons after noon you close and dumb mind!

        Concentrate on extinguish and confine the fire that spreads very quickly in the south and gun language is going to dominate and be the only language of negotiation, concentrate on how to offer basic needs for people in the south such as: security, food, clean water, hospitals, schools, justice, etc. People in the south cannot find clean water to drink, the price of bottle of water is much expensive than bottle of Alcohol, Beer factory in Juba is only achievement for GoSS since CPA implemented.. What achievement??!! compare how many big and crucial projects are done in the north since CPA implemented and still development going on.

        By next July million and half million of southerners who live in the north will immediately loose Sudan citizen not because of revenge, we have no issue with them but they have no right to hold north Sudan citizen and will loose their jobs cross all government sectors, we started the process of issuing new format for citizen and passport.

        Please help those poor southerners who live miserable life in Kostei area waiting to be moved to their dream land in the south after they believed what liars southerners politicians promised them and sell them illusions and lies!!

        Jalaby (Abo Tagia)

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        • 9 March 2011 12:45, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

          Yes the two States will have same style governance. But it will be unacceptable in the South to arrest, torture and rape peacful Demonstrators in South Sudan.

          South Sudan has plans for drinking clean water, producing enough food, improve education system and Health Services.

          We have already started by digging pits latrines as our first achivements. Just compare it to your first start when you deficate on bucket and cutt off jerycans and carried away by offenders, just look at your current habits of sharing the slavas when eating with our current style known as serve yourself,imagine how South Sudanese educated themselves without your contribution or support; imagine how Juba is progressing with a few 26% of oil revenue. Can you now deny that you are theives? Why because, Bashir gave orders recently to explore more oil in the North and increase oil production from 200 barrels per day 2000 per day. That means, your first target was to steal oil in the South which you did. Whom did you consulted? If there was no one than you are a thief.

          Let us get this Independent, you will not see us in North or accept you in the South. Those who like you are those cowards guys. But those who faced you in many battles in the South will not accept to be in peace with you.

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        • 9 March 2011 15:26, by Yel Jongar

          you Jalaba
          Oh Jesus,am surprising on how a dumb man speak as if he don,t read and view what is going on in this new state of South Sudan whereby I will tell you Jalaba your nasty name determine your dud and rudeness of you in Khartoum, you hypocrisy are still yet green in adopting world human right,respect p,ple right otherwise u ,ill never prosper always gluttons seek and can,t get shame on to beat and arrest innocent ladies for their right and claim to know God what a great lair meanwhile you yourselves man apply Luotha fuck yourselves article us ( anus).
          As per South come one day and see how many Arabs here in the South seeking for wealth does it mean South Sudan is poor you Hypocrisy wish u ,ill not continue commenting on such issues.

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        • 9 March 2011 15:31, by Kuet Teny

          You are really being misled by the scenes of stupidity imposed up on you by the Northern rulers since the independence of the Sudan from colonial rule. You never heard of term human rights ugug el insan. Women are fighting for their rights to be rendered. Let them strive until the God almighty give them hand. Women oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

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        • 9 March 2011 16:17, by Sudani Logik


          I am very concerned with who runs north Sudan as it affects me, I’ve told you many times, the north does not only belong to your misguided kind, as you are, and always will be the minority is just that you were good collaborators with the colonizers (Turks, Egyptians and the British) hence you benefited from an education and subsequently the power was handed to you subservient fools.

          The south has its fare share of troubles but southerners are free unlike many in the north, as for the lack of basic services there, it is because of your kind that many parts of the old Sudan including the south was never developed and the northern development you keep bragging about is all from the resources of the oppressed, even your stupid dream of increasing oil production to 190,000 barrels per day is because you want to exploit the land of Africans in Darfur and South Kurdufan. So don’t make me laugh.

          “Water is more expensive than beer” I expect nothing less from a racist dumb shimally like you, if you weren’t too scared to venture down south, then you would see for yourself what GoSS and ordinary citizens have done in the past 6 yrs in Juba, but instead you would rather digest that bullshit fed to you by another racist dumb shimally Al Tayeb Mustafa.

          You guys are the biggest cancer Sudan has developed, your imperialistic state of mind is founded on outdated bullshit. You or any of your likes do not posses the intellect to teach even the dumbest tribalist on this site a single thing. You’re nothing but a camel riding dumb nomad and should be grateful we gave you a place you can call home.

          Your likes want to whip women for wearing trousers instead of bringing those NCP mafia leaders to justice for rampant corruption and you have an idiot for a president who can’t even travel far to promote the interests of the country, what a bunch of funny fools you are!

          You aint got shit on African Sudanese.

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  • 9 March 2011 12:30, by Thomas Andrew Hissen

    Goverment of Khartoum should stop arrest these women they express their right to choose for a right leader which can lead them rathen discriminating them from society and in goverment, NCP you start briging these opposition party in one level and integrated them in to the goverment high position not only can be dominated by one party,

    President omar bashir said he will not stand for next term election this is a big lay and potical word so that people can understand him not to do uprise like what happen in Mid East Nothern African, Mr Bashri if your Party are not serious after The Uprising in Libya and the next one is North Sudan youth will come out in alarge number to prot and demonstrated about your regime, and the ICC will arrest u if you step down, The regime of NCP bring bad image to all sudan until south have split these party is the maleria to the people of sudan

    All thing is only women in north sudan wanted to protester against the regime of bashir, I call for all youth in the North to come out and do the same like what happen in Eygpt and Libya Tunisia, youth of North Sudan do not be cows do not fear stand afarm not that you are living every thing to women why not men you mean bashir didnot cheat you only cheating women, how foolish the men in north are behave come out say let bashir step down,
    from Libya,

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    • 9 March 2011 15:09, by mr x

      ahahahahahahahahaha keep going om my mothers the rule ,law will come soon to Northern sudan.Bashir must left the country by all mean

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  • 9 March 2011 18:36, by Big Man With Vision

    shame on you police man how come you denied right of women, is it because of your monthly salary that is given to you by Mr Bashir or what, please women are respected all over the world, only women of North Sudan are mistreated. please leave them, because women can not through people with stone or burn government properties only Men who can do so, next time let them express their right and government solved.

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