Protests Spread Across Sudan, Gov't Blames Zionist-Americans
The troubled government of Sudan on Sunday moved to downplay its citizens’ role in the widespread of riots aimed at toppling President Omar Bashir, saying the chaos is being instigated by “Zionist fronts.”
For two weeks now, Sudan has been grappling with violent countrywide protests reminiscent of the Arab Spring that recently brought down Presidents of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen.
“Zionist circles inside United States are attempting to exploit the recent economic reform to create insecurity and political unrest,” Presidential assistant Nafei Ali Nafei was quoted by Sudan Media Centre as saying.
“Tthe government has evidences that Darfur armed movements , Southern Sudan and its politically influential Zionist institutions in United States are coordinating together to destroy Sudan’s economic facilities,” Nafei added.
He particularly mentioned the oil sector which the Zionists are reportedly hell-bent on destroying to “create economic instability in the country.”
Deadly clashes between protestors and security forces started a fortnight ago on the streets of Khartoum before spreading to the capital of Al-Jazzera State, Madani, and Al-Obayid town in north Kordofan State.
The wind of the anti-Bashir revolution quickly spread to several other towns, with protesters urging their leader to immediately relinquish power.
Unlike other countries that have managed to deal with economic protests, Sudan is in serious trouble considering that dozens of rebel groups holed up in the South, especially Nuba Mountains, have been longing for such a conflict to place the last nail in the coffin of Bashir’s presidency.
Rebel groups early this week hinted on “showing solidarity to the Khartoum revolutionaries,” raising fears the Sudan crisis could slip into civil war as it’s happening in Syria.
Protests erupted when government chose to implement unbearable harsh austerity measures including termination of fuel subsidies.
Angry protesters accuse Bashir of failing to tackle widespread corruption, poor public service delivery, warmongering and abuse of human rights.
Meanwhile, Nafei gave assurance that Sudan economic recovery is expected in half a year or one year time as a maximum based on the packages of austerity measures taken recently.
“The economic reforms adopted by the government will have positive impacts in favor of Sudanese people in a shorter possible time,” he said.
He said Sudan is experiencing a reshaping of the economy based on the liberalization policy which has proven successful “despite the imposed war on Sudan from all sides of the world.”
In a related development, riots were still ongoing in Khartoum, El-Obied ,Madani and Kosti States.
But Sudan Police Press Office said in a press statement that the security situation is stable in all cities and states of the Sudan.
Police noted its forces had contained the situation with a “minimum use of force, a matter which prohibited occurrence of losses of lives and injuries.”
“Some of the rioters have been arrested and will be brought before the trial,” the statement read in part.
“It should be noted that the police forces carried out precise plans to secure the institutions, buildings, headquarters of strategic and important locations as well as protecting properties and lives to ensure normalcy.”
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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