Cars burn in front of a building during protests over fuel subsidy cuts in Khartoum September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
(Reuters)Islamists and members of Sudan’s ruling party called on President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Saturday to cancel deeply unpopular austerity measures, the first sign of dissent inside ruling circles after a week of unrest that has killed dozens. “Mr President, in the light what is happening we demand an immediate stop of the economic measures,” read a petition signed by 31 members of the quasi-official Islamist Movement and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP). “The government has not allowed citizens to demonstrate peacefully,” the petition added, urging prosecution for those responsible for opening fire on protesters and compensation for relatives of killed people. The government has not acknowledged using live ammunition. Police said on Saturday unknown gunmen opened fire on a group of protesters on Friday, killing four people and bringing the official death toll to 33. The petition was signed by former NCP parliamentary caucus head Ghazi Salah el-Din and a prominent army officer who authorities accused of being involved in a coup attempt against Bashir last year. The United Arab Emirates condemned the crackdown, the first Arab country to criticise Khartoum.
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Sudan police fire on march that followed funeral of slain demonstrator
(The Republic) Sudanese security forces in pickup trucks opened fire on Saturday on hundreds of mourners marching after the funeral of a protester killed a day earlier, the latest violence in a week of demonstrations calling for the ouster of longtime President Omar al-Bashir. In a rare scene to emerge online, video clips circulated by activists showed mourners kicking out al-Bashir’s aide Nafie Ali Nafie from the slain protester’s house where he went to pay condolences to the family. Three female protesters interviewed separately said dozens of pickup trucks and security forces surrounded them in a main street in the capital Khartoum before firing tear gas and live ammunition. Yet in what could be first sign of disenchantment within the ruling regime, 31 politicians, including members of al-Bashir’s ruling party and military officials signed a petition calling on the president to carry out reforms because his rule is “at stake.” Among them are a leading member of the ruling National Congress party, Hassan Ali Rizk, and Ghazi Salah Eddin, a former information minister and a presidential adviser. The petition called for reversing austerity measures, creating a mechanism for national consensus and investigating the killings of protesters. Among the signatories are members of the Islamic Movement, a pillar of al-Bashir’s regime, which activists say is looking out for its own survival.
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Sudan protesters call Bashir a ‘killer’
(The Nation) Sudanese demonstrators called President Omar al-Bashir a “killer” on Saturday, the sixth day of protests sparked by fuel price hikes in a nation already burdened by economic pain and war. “Bashir, you are a killer,” shouted about 2,000 men, women and youths after the burial of Salah Mudathir, a witness said. The 28-year-old Mudathir, whom they called a martyr, was shot dead during a protest on Friday. On Friday, the interior ministry said 600 had been arrested since the beginning of the protests “for participating in acts of vandalism.” Police did not release any names, but said unknown shooters gunned down four civilians during demonstrations after Friday prayers in Khartoum. International rights groups say 50 were killed after being shot in the head or chest on Tuesday and Wednesday.On Friday, the United States described the crackdown as “brutal” and said excessive force had been used. The European Union also expressed concern about the deaths, and a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged security forces to exercise “utmost restraint.”
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Sudanese Army Deploys After Deadly Khartoum Riots
(AP, ABC News) Sudanese authorities on Thursday deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in the country’s capital following days of rioting over gas price hikes that killed at least 30 people. The army also reinforced positions around military headquarters in Khartoum and along the city’s university road, which is close to the presidential palace. The mood in the capital was tense and schools were closed as residents prepared for more potential violence and protests expected on Friday, particularly after worshippers flood out of mosques following weekly Islamic prayer. Violent protests erupted in Sudan on Monday when President Omar al-Bashir’s government decided to lift subsidies, nearly doubling prices on fuel products. Hospital officials and activists said at least 30 have been killed since in street violence, mostly in Khartoum. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. Protesters torched 20 gas stations in Khartoum and elsewhere, and set fire to several police stations. Stores were looted in several parts of the city. Police fired tear gas in some places.
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Al Arabiya Office Closed in Sudan
(AME- Info) Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television network has said the Sudanese government has shut down its office in Khartoum on Friday, the fifth day of mass protests against fuel price hikes, AFP has reported. The closure, which would be the first such move against a foreign media outlet since the protests began, came hours after its Khartoum correspondent was summoned for a meeting, said the Pan-Arab satellite channel.
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UN chief urges Khartoum to engage inclusive dialogue in Sudan
(Sudan Tribune) UN chief Ban-Ki-moon has urged the Sudanese government to engage “inclusive” dialogue with the opposition forces in order to end the ongoing conflicts and re-establish a democratic regime in the country. “The Secretary-General urged the Government of the Sudan to engage in credible and inclusive dialogue with all opposition groups to address the root causes of conflict in the Sudan”, said a statement released by Ban’s spokesperson office. Ban hailed the “positive outcome” of positive outcomes of the 3 September Summit between presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir where the two leaders agreed to implement immediately the nine cooperation agreements signed on year ago.
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Police Affirms Calmness of Security Situation, Calls on Citizens to Neglect Rumours and Incitement
(SUNA) The Headquarters of the Police Forces has affirmed calmness and stability of the security situations throughout the country’s states, and that live has resumed its normal course. The police headquarter reiterated in its 6 th statement it has issued its calls for the citizens not to give heed to rumours, incitement and the calls for involvement in the illegal demonstrations, and to give chance to those who wanted to spread unrest, insecurity, and also called on the citizens not to give heed to what were published by some satellite channels and other means of communications in uncrediable, inaccurate and improvisional way to provoke the public opinion.
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Foreign Ministry Summons the US Charge D Affaires
(SUNA) Foreign Ministry summoned, Friday the Charge D’Affaires of United States Embassy in Khartoum to inform him on Sudan protest to the U.S. government’s procrastination in issuing a visa to the President of the Republic to participate in the activities of the 86th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Acting Undersecretary, Ambassador Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Halim has informed the US diplomat that that the failure to issue a visa to the president hindered vital national interests of Sudan, such as participation in meetings of the Peace and Security Council of Africa at the level of Heads of State held in September , 23 which discussed relations between Sudan and South Sudan S and the Consultative Meeting called by the Secretary- General of the United Nations on the occasion of the first anniversary of signing of cooperation agreements between the two countries .
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Human Rights Council Lauds Sudan’s Record in Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
(SUNA) The Human Rights Council in Geneva has lauded the developments in the Sudan’s government records in the protection and enhancement of the human rights, and the developments which the Sudan is witnessing in all fields, and has also appreciated what the Sudan has achieved for the protection and promotion of the human rights. In a statement the Human Rights Council in Geneva issued Saturday has decided to extend the mandate of the human rights independent expert Prof. Mashhoud Badrain in accordance to the 10 th article concerning the provision of technical support and capacity building for the promotion of human rights in Sudan.
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