Dormitories of protesting students set ablaze by Sudan security agents
Students and security agents supporting the Khartoum government have entered the dormitories of students in Omdurman and set them on fire. The sleeping accommodation for students in Al Maselma and Wad Nubawi of the Faculty of Education of Khartoum University in Omdurman was set ablaze on Monday. During the tenth day of continued protestst in Sudan the security have started to expel foreign journalists preventing them from reporting the demonstrations.Despite the crackdown on protests in the capital and in other cities of Sudan, the demonstrations continued for the tenth (10th) consecutive day. Radio Dabanga reports that on Monday at least seventeen (17) students were being detained in Khartoum. The security agents also burned down a graduate office at the Faculty of Education. The forces supported by pro-government students were armed with machetes. They assaulted students on the university campus. A number of students were injured and detained during this incident, including the student Nasir Abdin Bagari, who sustained head injuries and was brought to the hospital in a critical condition.
The students replied to President Omar Al Bashir’s public statement on Sunday describing all the demonstrators as ‘rogues’. They shouted slogans such as “We are not rogues, you will end dead in a sewage system”, referring to how former Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi was caught before he was killed.
The Darfur Student Association told Radio Dabanga counted that at least seventeen (17) Darfuri students have been detained by security forces since the demonstrations begun. A member of the association told Radio Dabanga that these students include Hassan Fadlallah (Omdurman Islamic University), Muzamil Bughari (Omdurman University), Hamatu and Ashraf (Sharq Al Nil College), Nasser Al Din Bagari (Educational College University of Khartoum) and Sabir (Sudan University for Science and Technology).
Gedaref NCP office
Protests also took place in the cities of Al Gedaref, Port Sudan, Umdawan Dan (East of Khartoum), Hagar al Asal in River Nile State. In Gedarif demonstrators went to the office of the National Congress Party and a police station to put them aflame. Hundreds of protesters were out in Gedaref to express their rage at the rise in fuel prices. At 5 PM security forces managed to disperse the crowds using tear gas and batons. President Omar Al Bashir called after a meeting with his ruling party on Monday all citizens to refrain from joining the demonstrations.
The accreditation of the Egyptian journalist for Bloomberg, Elwardany was not renewed today (Tuesday). She was told to leave Sudan immediately. She was accompanied by security officers while packing, an Egyptian colleague Lina al Wardani reported. She accused the officers of ‘mistreating her’.
The leader of the SPLM-North, Yassir Arman, used social media platforms with the hashtag #SudanRevolts. Today he stated: “Sudan will never be the same after this uprising. SPLM/N is participating fully. We are for a peaceful non-violent uprising! #SudanRevolts." In his twitter account he also introduces himself as 'Secretary of External Affairs for the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF)’ that has put up arms against the government in Darfur, Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile.
The Finance minister Ali Mahmoud explained to journalists that the government had no choice but to cut fuel subsidies. ‘If international oil prices go up, we'll increase fuel prices. We will not retreat from the decision to lift the subsidies,’ he told reporters in Khartoum as quoted by Reuters.