Opposition groups to defy Bashir threats

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Sudanese opposition groups have vowed to proceed with the planned December 19 mass civil disobedience despite President Omar al-Bashir's threat to use violence against them.

The Sudanese rebels of the SPLM-N, the National Umma Party and the umbrella National Consensus Forces (NCF) have come together to challenge the president's threats.

The disobedience movement (a youth campaign on social media) said in statement seen by the Africareview on Tuesday that they would not stop the mobilisation for the mass disobedience until they oust President Bashir's government.

President Bashir, in his address to the people in Kassala State in the east on Monday, strongly warned social media users, especially the WhatsApp against the mass civil disobedience.

Confront us

He dared what he called the ''computer keyboard users'' to bring down his government.

''We say to those who want to overthrow the government through the WhatsApp and the keyboard users not to hide behind the devices and applications, because they ''can't bring us down''.

''If they want to bring us down, let them come to confront us in the streets and they know where they can find us,'' he said.

An estimated 200 protesters were killed in Sudan during the September 2013 nationwide protests.

Spread rumours

''They spread rumours that I have escaped to the Emirates …. I tell them I will not leave this country because I'm representing the dignity of the Sudanese nation,'' President Bashir added.

The Sudan government has particularly targeted the media, civil society activists and opposition leaders in the crackdown against dissent that erupted on November 27.

Thousands of activists have since Friday campaigned on social media for a three-day civil disobedience against the government lifting subsidies on fuel, electricity and drugs.

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