Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

Sudan: Mass Prayers Organized for Killed Students

Zalingei / Omdurman — Displaced persons from all of Zalingei camps, Central Darfur, promoted mass prayers (absentee) for the souls of the four Darfuri students, calling them "martyrs", who were reportedly killed by security forces this week, an activist told Radio Dabanga.

During the prayers on Friday, 14 December, the displaced demanded that the directors of the Gezira University and of the security services be brought to justice.

They also condemned the remarks made by the Gezira University director, in which he referred to students from Darfur as "monkeys". Besides, they appealed to the UN Security Council to intervene and protect students from Darfur and their rights.

A Hamidiya camp coordinator told Radio Dabanga that during the prayers, the displaced from Zalingei asked for the solidarity of all Sudanese people with the murdered students. They also asked that students stop being targeted by the security services and by the National Congress Party.

Lastly, the displaced sent their condolences to the families of the murdered students.

Umma Party

On Thursday, the leaders of the Umma party and of the National Consensus Forces also organized prayers after sunset (al-Maghrib) for the murdered students, which they also refered to as "martyrs".

The prayer was reportedly organized at the headquarters of the Umma Party in Omdurman.

Umma party leader Imam Sadiq al-Mahdi attended the prayer along with other opposition political leaders.

The cerimony was led by Professor Farouk Abu Issa, leader of the National Consensus Forces. According to reports, he was arrested on Friday morning and released after four hours.

Muhammad Mukhtar al-Khatib, secretary-general of the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), Kamal Omar, political affairs secretary of the Popular Congress Party (PCP), Satti Mohamed al-Haj, leader of the Nasserist Party also attended the prayers.

In addition, a number of leaders of the National Umma Party, students, youth and organizations and a large audience also attended the ceremony to condemn the "massacre" that took place at the Gezira University, as described by a participant.

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