Our undercover reporter Martin says if protesters maintain the momentum, http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ajax-upgrader-skin.php war-mongering Bashir’s crippled economy will eventually collapse.
Martin reports that even on Tuesday, massive protests were still under way in several parts of the country which include Kassala, Red Sea State, Al-Gadaref and Al-Obayid in North Kordofan State.
“It’s hell here. The protestors are fearlessly engaging security forces in running battles. What we are seeing here is a death of fear. Protestors are confident they will topple Bashir. Journalists are fearing for their lives,” said Martin who will report as our undercover throughout this political turmoil.
He further says the Friday March will be held under the slogan “the Friday of elbow-licking,” a common term used by Bashir’s right hand man Nafie Ali Nafie to imply that an uprising can’t overthrow the unpopular NCP government.
Protesters, now estimated at 20,000 have set June 30 as the deadline to removing Bashir from power.
They accuse Bashir of disrespecting human rights, cutting fuel subsidies, high levels of unemployment and poor living conditions.
Bashir is also wanted by International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
As if this not scary enough, Khartoum is facing dozens of rebel groups especially in Nuba Mountains, which are giving Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) sleepless nights.
As fears of an Arab Spring swept Sudan, the country’s Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha Tuesday labeled demonstrators “doom-mongers,” saying government will continue reforms to stimulate economic growth.
Despite the Sudan revolution entering the 11th day on Wednesday, Taha argued: “Some doom-mongers in the states and Khartoum thought they could uproot the Tree [NCP logo] but the people raced to water it with determination, loyalty and support to deepen its roots.”
Earlier, the arrogant Bashir described protesters as “a few agitators” and “alien bubbles.”
Another official in the ruling party Mustafa Osman Ismail said the “agitators were just bats,” statements that have further infuriated the nation and galvanized the revolution.
However, diplomatic sources in the international community say the west is fermenting trouble in Sudan.
“The west needs wars in order to continue misleading and diverting attention on its failing domestic policies such as high levels of unemployment. It’s supporting the Arab Spring in Sudan,” said a source.
Nevertheless, Sudan’s economy is deteriorating with inflation soaring to 40% and local currency steadily depreciating against the dollar.
The political turmoil in Sudan, which could create a breeding ground for a full-fledged rebellion, was as well precipitated by decades of economic neglect and abandonment, utter failure to provide development aid to schools, hospitals and roads.
Eric Reeves, a professor at Smith College says: “Some stop-gap appeasement measures may be adopted by the regime; prices for consumer goods may be manipulated over the short term in order to take steam out of the uprising.”
He adds: “But these efforts can’t be too great or the regime will be seen as capitulating and demands will only grow…The $2.4 billion budget gap created by the loss of oil revenues from South Sudan simply cannot be closed, even with an end to the fuel subsidy. In fact, the economy is projected by the IMF to contract by over 7 percent this year, further diminishing the revenue base for the regime. Without the ability to borrow money to cover this growing shortfall, the regime will have no choice but to print more money. This is the fastest and surest route to higher, and accelerating, inflation.
The continuing and substantial fall in the exchange value of the Sudanese pound is only the most conspicuous measure of international assessment of the currency at present. When the printing presses are cranked up, the pound will go into free fall.
Observers say Bashir is likely to follow in the footsteps of Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi, whose rebels he supported last year.