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Sudanese police clash with Khartoum University students


July 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Police and security forces are currently clashing with students of Khartoum University (UoK) after they attempted to march in a peaceful protest to the office of the University’s director, Sidiq Haiati, activists said, on Tuesday afternoon. One day after the director said he rejected police involvement in university affairs.

Police in Khartoum Activists also told Sudan Tribune that earlier on Tuesday the police had raided the dormitories of the main campus in down town Khartoum and fired tear gas at the students who refused to vacate in compliance with the University’s decision to close some faculties.

UoK has been witnessing increased protests and clashes between student activists and police forces, supported by pro-regime militiamen and students known as Rabata, since the birth of widespread demonstrations in response to worsening economic conditions on 16 June.

The most violent confrontation occurred on 11 July, when police firing teargas and Rabata armed with machetes raided one of the University’s campuses in Khartoum and clashed with protesting students.

The anti-government youth group Girifna announced on Tuesday, via Twitter, that security forces are currently clashing with students who attempted to stage a marching protest to the university director’s office.

The protest attempt comes after the university’s director, Sidiq Haiati, made a rare appearance at a press conference held on Monday to deny that the decision to close the university was politically motivated.

Haiati claimed that many faculties had already finished their term and that’s why they had decided to close during Ramadan. He accused some unknown parties of seeking to profit politically and spreading rumors about his resignation.

Haiati was reacting to press reports that said he had tendered his resignation after he was ordered to close the university by the director general of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohammed Atta.

The director, however, stressed that the administration maintains a clear position on the entrance of the police force onto the campuses, explaining that they reject the involvement of the police without prior permission from the administration.


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  • 17 July 2012 12:50, by mayom maboung marek

    the clouds of doom for doom-days in Sudan is looming.

    • 17 July 2012 12:52, by mayom maboung marek

      LOL, Jallaby is denying.

      • 17 July 2012 14:39, by Hamra

        I am afraid that he is- an analogy would be the NAZI diehards who believed in Hitler to the last. But divisions within the ranks of the NCP are becoming more evident. Can we hope for a palace revolution though?

  • 17 July 2012 12:55, by Dr.Feel Good

    It will be like changing of the wind.

    • 17 July 2012 22:14, by panom lualbil

      It’s a hornbil’s problem yo and I dont want to read it since we have been through with it as a result of cpa. As long these are khartoum themselves who used to pay rest our greedy brothers to stabbing spla’s liberators in the backs. Now can anybody tell me who bribe them or what caused the clash ?

  • 17 July 2012 13:57, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Police of NCP, you are making things worsening by forcefully beating up students. You didn’t learn from previous experiences that students are the worse group someone could joke with in all nations. Pliz stop harrassing students and leave them alone.
    My fellow colleagues of UoK, please take cautious steps in dealing with ruthless NCP stooges.

  • 17 July 2012 14:36, by Hamra

    It was Trotsky who once called students the light cavalry of the revolution. The point is that while they were the first to protest there is a deep discontent within sudanese urban society which is becoming more apparent and will increase unless the govt can ease the economic hardship.

  • 17 July 2012 15:22, by mohammed ali

    Really what breaking news? Come-on Sudan Tribune!Are you writting about a different Khartoum than the one I am living in?! I came just few minutes from central Khartoum. There are police standing just behind UoK on the Nile road!Nothing of what you are saying is happening.No demonstration was outside the University.There were few students demonstrating inside the university.Nothing in the street.

    • 17 July 2012 15:31, by mohammed ali

      con:Even inside the university exams continued as normal,never interrupted; some faculties had finished their exams.Sudanese are inteliglt pple, they know your propoganda and agenda.Rest assured Sudan Tribune; no foreign intervention will happen and no Arab Sprin!

    • 17 July 2012 20:06, by James Maker Akok

      Mohammed Ali

      We know south Sudan has problems of Financial but if South Sudan Government build Oil pipeline quick to Lamu Kenya than everything in South Sudan will get good but North Sudan Government has no another way to bring Financial back as you know North Sudan is going to lost Heglig and rests to South Sudan. So is better to tell trues.

  • 17 July 2012 16:14, by mohammed ali

    Now I understand why Sudan Tribune is furrious! Karti denied any oil deal. Consequently , SS is in trouble! Therfore, ST want to play psycological warfare! ....BREAKING NEWS..demostraions ...Sudan economy will not collapse! Look for collapse somewhere els!No oil will pass through Sudan.

    • 17 July 2012 17:51, by zulu

      why are you eating only kisra if the economy was sound? Yes, it is your stapple food or meal, but you were also used to eating bread which has certainly disappeared or is costly.
      Your finance Minister admitted, your country is bankrupt. your president executed austerity measures. Why are we surprise at your upbeat.
      demonstrators were getting out to protest peacefully behold the police clash.

    • 18 July 2012 03:23, by Observer

      Mohamed Ali,

      I, unfortunately was passing UoK when the police arrived and you are yet again so wrong... there was more happening that you want is to believe but I guess that is what you are paid to do- monitor the media and spread your employers misinformation.
      By the way no one has said there was an oil deal- just that it was discussed and that there were some possibilities..

      • 18 July 2012 16:03, by sudani ana

        Mohamed Ali

        Isn’t it funny when some idiots think commenting on the news in Sudan Tribune is a job that we get paid for? I, for myself, comment out of my love for my country and only express my own opinion and conviction.

        Nevertheless, would be nice if we got paid for this

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