The Rendon Group Snapshot Report: 30 September 2013

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The Rendon Group Snapshot Report


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Rioting, Violent Crackdown in Sudan

This week’s snapshot report focuses on deadly riots that broke out across Sudan after President Omar al-Bashir announced an end to fuel subsidies on 22SEP. Over 30 people have been killed in the unrest, which is ongoing as of 30SEP. Thousands of demonstrators called President al-Bashir a “killer” in the sixth day of protests on 28SEP.

News Summary of events during week of 23SEP-30SEP

  • On 23SEP, police in Khartoum fired tear gas on demonstrators that gathered to protest the lifting of petrol subsidies. (Reuters)
  • On 25SEP, the US embassy in Khartoum cautioned against escalating violence in protests against rising fuel prices. (AFP)
  • On 26SEP, medical officials reported that at least 29 people had been killed after three days of rioting in Sudan. (AFP)
  • On 26SEP, Sudanese authorities deployed troops around ‘vital installations’ in Khartoum, after protesters torched several gas and police stations. (AP)
  • On 27SEP, rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, slammed Sudan over the deadly riots. (AFP)
  • On 27SEP, Sudan shut down pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya’s office in Khartoum. (AFP)
  • On 27SEP, Sudan’s interior ministry announced that over 600 people had been arrested for participating in anti-government demonstrations. (AFP)
  • On 28SEP, gunmen killed four people during protests in Khartoum Bahri, Khartoum, and Omdurman. (AFP)
  • On 28SEP, thousands of demonstrators called President al-Bashir a ‘killer’. (AFP)
  • On 30SEP, the Interior Minister claimed that photos of protest victims were fake (AFP)

Sample of Twitter handles regarding crackdown in Sudan

@nickkristof: Nicholas Kristof, NYT Columnist

@acarvin: Andy Carvin, Senior strategist at NPR

@sudanmonitor: Sudanese news aggregator

@raghdanm:  Student based in UK, Twitter posts in Arabic and English

@dardachat: Ashraf El-Ga’aly, Industrial engineer


Sample of Third Party Validators regarding crackdown in Sudan

Amgad Farid, Member, Change Now youth movement.

“The government deployed large security forces to suppress the protests. Whatever the scale of the crackdown, people will not stop.” – Sudanese Army Deploys After Deadly Khartoum Riots, Associated Press, 25SEP.

Lucy Freeman, Africa Deputy Director, Amnesty International

“Shooting to kill — including by aiming at protesters’ chests and heads — is a blatant violation of the right to life, and Sudan must immediately end this violent repression by its security forces.” – Rights groups slam Sudan over deadly riots, AFP, 27SEP.

Osman Hummaida, Executive Director, African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies

Sudan should investigate “the use of disproportionate force and allegations of the intentional killing of protesters and use of live ammunition by security forces.” – Rights groups slam Sudan over deadly riots, AFP, 27SEP.

Diaa Eddin Belal, Editor-in-chief, al-Sudani newspaper

“The government feels that it is own existence is endangered and the press is playing a role in influencing public opinion … they want papers to turn into official gazettes that reflect only (the government’s) point of view with no criticism or negative feedback.” – Thousands protest as Sudan officials promise cash, AP, 29SEP.


Sample of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to crackdown in Sudan

1. Sudan police fire tear gas to end protest over fuel subsidies

Media: Reuters
Byline: N/A
Date: 23 September 2013

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese police fired tear gas on Monday to disperse hundreds of people protesting in the capital Khartoum against the lifting of petrol subsidies by veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Bashir, in power since 1989, has avoided an “Arab spring” uprising of the sort that has unseated other rulers in the region but many in Sudan complain about soaring food prices, corruption, violent conflicts and high unemployment.

The government almost doubled prices for fuel and cooking gas on Monday to bring its budget under control. The Arab African country lost three-quarters of its oil reserves – its main source of revenues and of dollars for food imports – when South Sudan became independent in 2011.

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2. US urges all sides to shun violence as Sudan protests grow

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 25 September 2013

KHARTOUM, Sept 25, 2013 (AFP) – The US embassy in Khartoum called Wednesday for all sides in Sudan to avoid further violence as deadly protests sparked by fuel price hikes intensified.

“We call on all sides not to resort to force and to respect civil liberties and the right to peaceful assembly,” said a US embassy statement issued in Arabic.

Three people have been killed since the protests erupted on Monday, spreading from the agricultural belt south of Khartoum to the capital and to the Darfur region in the west.

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3. 29 dead in 3 days of Sudan riots: medics

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 26 September 2013

KHARTOUM, Sept 26, 2013 (AFP) – At least 29 people have been killed in three days of rioting in Sudan sparked by a government decision to scrap subsidies on fuel, medical officials said on Thursday.

“We have received the bodies of 21 people” since the protests began on Monday, a hospital source in Khartoum’s twin city Omdurman told AFP, adding that all were “civilians”.

Another eight people were killed in other regions, witnesses and families said.

Activists have called for fresh protests on Thursday in Khartoum, where anti-riot forces have been deployed since early morning at major road intersections, an AFP correspondent said.

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4. Sudanese army deploys after deadly Khartoum riots

Media: Associated Press
Date: 26 September 2013

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese authorities have deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in Khartoum following days of rioting over gas price hikes that left at least 30 dead.

The army also reinforced positions Thursday around military headquarters in the capital and along the city’s university road, which is close to the presidential palace.

Violent protests erupted in Sudan on Monday when President Omar al-Bashir’s government hiked fuel prices.

Hospital officials and activists say at least 30 have been killed since, mostly in Khartoum. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to media.

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5. Rights groups slam Sudan over deadly riots

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 27 September 2013

LONDON, Sept 27, 2013 (AFP) – Rights groups Friday accused Sudanese security forces of deliberately shooting people demonstrating against fuel subsidy cuts in the worst riots to hit the country since 1989.

A joint statement from the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies and London-based Amnesty International said 50 people were killed after being shot in the head or chest on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Local sources and activists have put the figure much higher, in excess of 100,” the statement said.

It also expressed “deep concern” about reports of hundreds of protesters detained by the intelligence services and urged the authorities “to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment”.

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6. Arabiya TV says Sudan office shut down amid protests

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 27 September 2013

DUBAI, Sept 27, 2013 (AFP) – Sudan shut down pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya’s office in Khartoum on Friday, the fifth day of mass protests against fuel price hikes, the Dubai-based television network said.

Al-Arabiya said on its website that the closure — the first such move against a foreign media outlet since the protests began — came hours after its Khartoum correspondent was summoned for a meeting.

The Sudanese government could not immediately be reached for comment.

The protests over fuel price hikes are the largest of President Omar al-Bashir’s 24-year rule, and young activists have used chants made famous during the Arab Spring to call for his downfall.

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7. Sudan protesters call Bashir a ‘killer’

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 28 September 2013

KHARTOUM, Sept 28, 2013 (AFP) – Thousands of demonstrators called Sudanese 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.

They said the “martyr” Salah Mudathir, 28, was shot dead during a protest the day before.

Police did not release names but said four civilians were gunned down by unknown shooters during demonstrations after Friday prayers in the capital Khartoum.

“Bashir, you are a killer,” a witness said about 2,000 marchers — men, women and youths — shouted after Mudathir’s burial.

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8. Senior Sudan official speaks out against crackdown

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 30 September 2013

KHARTOUM, Sept 30, 2013 (AFP) – A senior official in Sudan’s ruling party on Monday spoke out against an “unnecessary” deadly crackdown on demonstrators protesting fuel price hikes, saying the government should have instead encouraged dialogue.

“The fact that so many have died points to the degree of violence,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity, in comments that reflect divisions within the governing National Congress Party (NCP).

“I believe it was unnecessary to repress the peaceful demonstrators. Peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right.”

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