Khartoum / Atbara — During the demonstrations on "Angry Friday", security forces reportedly arrested a number of activists and protesters in Greater Khartoum and other Sudanese cities.
According to sources speaking to Radio Dabanga, activists Mohamed Mumin El Ghali, Abbas Ibrahim Fadul, Amna Hamed, Muayid Shamseldin, Ahmed Khalifa, Mohamed Abdallah, Tasneem Abdallah and Ibtisam Sanhouri, along with a number of students, including Osman Shafee , El Radi El Day, Abdelgadir Adam Haroun, Yousif Adam and Omar Eisa, were arrested.
In the district of Samrab in Khartoum North four members of a single family; Israa Abdelhafiz , Mohamed Ibrahim Abdelhafiz, Owab Abdelhafiz and Safaa Abdelhafiz were arrested.
In Atbara, River Nile State, security forces detained Mohamed Ali Ata and Hashim Babikr, members of the Popular Congress Party and El Bagir Ahmed Abdallah, member of the Sudanese People's Liberation Party-North.
Security forces transferred political prisoners from River Nile state to Shendi and Abu Hamed, and also to Khartoum. The most prominent among them are Sayed Ahmed Khatib, a leader of the Sudanese Communist Party, who was transferred to Khartoum; Mohamed Osman El Basha and Yahya Mohamed El Haj, transferred to Abu Hamed, and Mustafa Ahmed El Okaz to Shendi.
During the demonstrations on Friday 18 people were arrested in Atbara.
On Saturday, the security forces in Khartoum arrested the head of the Sudanese Doctors Syndicate, Dr Ahmed El Sheikh at his clinic in Central Khartoum. He was released after interrogations on the same day.
El Sheikh had reported that the number of people killed during the demonstrations had reached 210 and that most of them were wounded in the head and chest.
The UN Independent Expert and Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan, Dr Masood Badrein has denounced the repression of the protests. He called on the government to carry out an urgent and transparent investigation into the violence and the killings, and to clearly charge the detainees or release them immediately.
Security forces confiscated Friday's print run of El Yaum el Tali. On Sunday morning, all printed copies of El Gerida newspaper were confiscated.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the editor-in-chief of El Gerida, Idris El Dooma reported that "for the sixth time" security forces confiscated the 10,000 copies printed and ready for distribution. The financial losses are estimated at about SDG30,000 ($6,750 according to the official rate), plus an amount of SDG13,000 ($2,925) of lost income from advertising.
The confiscation of El Gerida and other newspapers is, according to El Dooma, implemented in the context of "disciplinary measures and retaliatory attacks" by the security forces on El Ayaam, El Qarrar and El Gerida, that refused to appear after strict "security restrictions" were imposed on the press. The purpose of confiscating after printing, El Dooma explained, is to exhaust the "resisting newspapers" financially. "It is, in fact, a direct and methodical liquidation, meant to kill the independent press."
Journalist Mohamed Ali Hamato and reporter Amal Habbani, who was rearrested this week, are still in detention in an unknown place, without being charged.
UN Independent Expert Dr Masood Badrein has demanded the authorities put an end to the prosecution of journalists and the restrictions on the media.