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Taha describes Sudan’s protesters as “doom-mongers” ahead of planned demos on Friday


June 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s First Vice-President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha has described the country’s protesters as “doom-mongers” as they plan massive demonstrations on Friday.

Sudan’s Vice President Ali Osman Taha (Reuters)

Addressing celebrations of inaugurating a number of development projects in Sinnar State on Tuesday, Taha said that attempts by “doom-mongers” to mobilize the streets and topple the regime had failed because the public “understands” the nature of the reforms the government is undertaking to stimulate the economy.

Taha was referring to the protest movement that has been spreading across the country for the past ten days following the government’s ending of fuel subsides as part of what officials say is an austerity plan needed to make up for a budget deficit of 2.4 billion US dollars, created as a result of the loss of nearly 75 percent of the country’s oil production which was acquired by South Sudan when it seceded in July last year.

The protests, which were initially started by students, began to widen as of Friday, 22 June, spreading to several parts of the capital as well as regional towns including Al-Obayid in North Kordofan, Madani in Al-Jazzera State and Port Sudan in the Red Sea State.

In his speech, which was broadcast by state-owned television stations, Taha said that the government is determined to go ahead with its plans to save the economy from collapse.

He further claimed that the protesters had failed to appeal to the Sudanese people to support them because the people support the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

“Some doom-mongers in the states and Khartoum thought they could uproot the Tree [the logo of the NCP] but the people raced to water it with determination, loyalty and support to deepen its roots,” he said.

Taha’s attempt to undermine the protests follows that of his boss, President Omer Al-Bashir, who in an address on Sunday dismissed the protests as the work of “few agitators” and “alien bubbles.”

Another NCP official, Mustafa Osman Ismail, has described the protesters as “bats.”

On the other hand, Sudanese activists have been galvanizing support for a massive protest on Friday under the slogan “the Friday of elbow-licking”, in reference to the phrase “lick your elbow” which the NCP’s vice chairman, Nafie Ali Nafie, is famous for using to indicate the impossibility of something, as in uprising against the regime.

Meanwhile, the protests continued in several parts of the capital on Tuesday although in a smaller scale than previous days. Activists and anti-government groups say they are preparing for the biggest protest on Friday.

Sudanese activists say between 10,000 and 20,000 people have joined demonstrations in the capital Khartoum alone with several other thousands in the towns of Port Sudan in the Red Sea State, the town of Al-Gadaref in Al-Gadaref State, Kassala in Kassala State, Al-Obayid in North Kordofan State, Kosti in the White Nile State and Darfur.

The activists say they are aiming to end Al-Bashir’s rule by 30 June, the same day in which he seized power in an Islamist backed-coup 22 years ago.


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  • 27 June 2012 11:07, by Aarai Baka

    Taha don’t destroyed your creditability as u signed a peace agreement with us in the South and let the South go, but more need to be done as of now. Gives people their will instead of suppressing them forcefully ways. Viva people of Sudan.

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    • 28 June 2012 04:17, by Crude Owner

      Ali Osman Taha, Omer Albashir and their followers will end up like Saddam Hussein of Iraq who was cought in the spider hole and Ghadhafi of Libya who ended up peacfully in NATO hands. Your time is almost up. See you there when I pass by Jahanem to Jana. I know you dream day and night about Jana but none of you will see it for what you messed up in Sudan before and after south independence.

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  • 27 June 2012 12:10, by Northern Sudanese

    lol toppling regime by 30 june? so after that day its to late to topple? lol, give up. 1% of sudan population = 300,000 people. you are only close 1/10 of that 1%. where is the rest of the 30 milion people?

    In libya more than halve the population was anti gaddafi, in syria about 45% of people are anti assad. In sudan they even fail to reach 1%? and expect Bashir to fall lol?

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    • 27 June 2012 13:31, by Robot

      It has become a habit that any prominent figure just describes it people with any word he wants. is this how to address such a situation?. anyway this are people who cares much about their well-being and forget of its citizens... imagine a scenario where National Security personnel sets ablaze a dormitory in the university... NCP is defining its initials.....good luck Sudanese.

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    • 27 June 2012 15:25, by Ngiechjam

      what makes astonished at the fall of Bashir son of bitch it is it a time for bashir and the rest thugs to come down from the power every thing on this world has it ends.beow is the say:
      it is a pot of water that is already half full that the world would like to help in filling to the brim.

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    • 27 June 2012 17:58, by zulu

      Hey, dont compare Libya and Sudan. Though started slowly, all have different political importance to the west. Libyans started to monilize after an entire city became rebelious and had the NATO backing. Sudan is repressing and still does not have NATO backing. But, once SPLA starts backing them, you will see.

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    • 28 June 2012 06:05, by mohamed mahgoub

      You ask where are the 30 milion did you count all the marginalized people from S kordofan,B Nile Beja and far north those who fall outside the enfamous Hamdi triangle these are the ones who are going to bring down Albashir and his tyrants to justice.

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  • 27 June 2012 13:23, by Nubian King

    I quote "The govt is determined to go ahead with its plans to save the economy from ’COLLAPSE’" Which collapse again and the inflation already reads 200%. What used to be sold @ SDG 50 a month ago now sells @ SDG 100 and this price’s bound to triple in a fortnight. Sudanese aren’t fools anymore to listen to your dying regime ya Taha. We’re fade up of non-stopping wars, tribalism, corruptions......

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  • 27 June 2012 13:31, by Nubian King

    Bubbles.....Homar Bashir
    Bats....Mustafa Ismael
    Victorious.....the Sudanese people.
    All of you can use any other name to describe us but we know soon, the chairs illegally occupied by all of you will be for the democratically elected Sudanese. DOWN!! DOWN!! TO THE CURRENT REGIME.

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    • 27 June 2012 13:42, by Robot

      Scallywags NCP, their sun is downing and if they think of better future of their coming generations,they can’t talk like this. lets wait and see what the future holds to this liars of NCP.....

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      • 27 June 2012 17:29, by sudani ana

        Did you say "Scallywags"? I would just like to point out to you that this term is considered offensive to blacks as its a racist name used by European Whites against Blacks. So please check the meaning of the words, use a dictionary before you post your messages.

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    • 27 June 2012 14:35, by Aaban

      Thank you brother,
      This whole tribal loyalty seems to have gone. And there is no way this coward Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe accepted their wrong doing, we will exist no matter what they are doing to oppress us in this country
      We will keep this pressure until they gang accepted our right and no surrender, African people must be respected not be treat as sub human, God is great

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    • 27 June 2012 16:53, by Dumodit

      I appreciated the protesters who are willing to overthrown the NCP dictated regime in Sudan.

      Those current leaders must not be allow to continues ruling yet abusing the Sudanese people in public.

      Keep on showing your Democratic right through ongoing demonstration. Very soon those dictators will no longer be there. The government rule by NCP became not dictators but disasters Allah maakum keep up

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  • 27 June 2012 14:35, by garang kerubino

    Bashir day are numbered, he will soon leave the office for the buried as he have already declared. His possibility of gaining his normal life is 50 miles away from him, while the possibility of taking him away from the office to (makafir) is only less than 50 cms close to Sudanese palace where he seated for 23 yrs. thank demonstrators and SRF for job well done, keep it up God will stand with you.

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    • 27 June 2012 16:02, by Aaban

      You are the most coward and serial killer in Sudan, go to hell I am wondering why the ICC has not charge you for war crimes and crimes against humanity, since you are one of murderer, death to you.

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  • 27 June 2012 15:40, by Ngiechjam

    things are fallen apart ahhahahhahha Iencourage u protesters it is only a minute and u will be in SAKETHERA(BASHIR HOUSE)
    Every struggle has its reward, thumb up for what u did and do what world can see on Friday.

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    • 27 June 2012 16:06, by Robot

      ’DOOM MONGERS’ funny enough this is merely what they (NCP) are all good at, just throwing their tongues a high gear, pathetic liars... Bashir go and pray in Kauda... Explain/assure Arabs how you captured Heglig... name them.. you guys will be shivering and wet yourselves up when you will be caught in Tunnels nobody will be exceptional, stop vision less support with your immature words...

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      • 27 June 2012 16:20, by Ngiechjam

        Do some p’ple really understand one’s statement am saying this to the com mentors let not get confuse b4 he is out do we care he ought to come down any body supporting him is his wife look at hw Ali Osman insulted th crowd in Sennar,otherwise we have some dumb guys who don’t listen fake Bashir taste the grave no way is u support him pliz join him in the grave

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  • 27 June 2012 16:02, by Mabior Dhongbang

    let the fuckin arabs suffered of their own making ,fuck donkey bashir hahahahaha.

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  • 27 June 2012 16:47, by Beneben Bai

    Ooh, poor fake arabs. you are now in a problem. S. Sudan is far away from all that. We even have a good hearts and wanted to help you out some time back but you rejected our help. So now warm yourselves with the fire that you have setup by your own hands and your own hearts

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  • 27 June 2012 16:59, by Beneben Bai

    Ustaz Ali Taha, why are you messing up yourself these days? you are a man of law and knows politics well. you said before "shoot and kill" and now "doom mongers" to your people. Put in your mind that you wil bear the consequences of your statements and orders. If I am in your place, then I should be careful. We in S. Sudan still remember your positive role in Nivasha and CPA negotiations

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  • 28 June 2012 04:32, by 4Justice

    Free Syrian Army (Ahmadinejad look-a·like) posing with a looted Catholic cross while wearing a priest’s robe.

    Shocking images have emerged which show the aftermath of Christian churches ransacked by NATO-backed Syrian Islamists.http://www.prisonplanet.com/syrian-rebels-ransack-christian-churches.html

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