Cautious calm in Nyala amid heavy security presence

Calm cautiously returned to the city of Nyala in South Darfur on Friday following three days of violent demonstrations which claimed four lives and injured many others.

The demonstrations demanded the overthrow of the regime and and led to burning buildings and the destruction of markets, police stations and the municipal building of Nyala North housing National Congress Party (NCP) officials.

Witnesses described the city yesterday as under a state of emergency with a heavy security presence throughout the area.

They said fuel pumps remain closed following orders by security authorities. This is expected to cause a crisis in fuel for the region.

Head of one of the Sudanese Liberation Movement factions, Abdul Wahid, in an interview with Radio Dabanga to be broadcast next week, said the Nyala demonstrations were a beginning in the change of order.

He appealed to all citizens to begin to work together to overthrow the regime in Khartoum and comprehensively change the structure of government.

Abdul Wahid said the people of Nyala taught citizens of Sudan a lesson and confirmed that people want change.

Minawi: we will protect demonstrators

Minni Minawi, head of the other Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM-MM) faction said the excessive force used against peaceful demonstrators was immoral, and due to the standard behaviour of the NCP.

He warned the SLM would intervene to protect protestors if the government continued to strike unarmed civlians with weapons.

In an interview with Radio Dabanga due to be broadcast next week, Minnawi said the citizens of Nyala and across Sudan are stronger than the government and the SLM will support protestors if necessary.