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North Sudan: ‘Racist’ President Al-Bashir Blamed For Inciting Islamists Against Christians

Sudan Tribune – “(KHARTOUM) – The secretary-general of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Yasir Arman, has blamed ‘racist’ statements of Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir for encouraging a mob of fundamentalist Islamists to attack a church in the capital Khartoum.

An Evangelical Church in the Sawafi area of Khartoum was attacked and set on fire Friday by a group of fundamentalist Islamists mobilized by hard-line cleric Mohamed Abdel-Karim despite a police cordon in the area.

A pastor named Yusuf Matar Kodi told Agence France Presse (AFP) on Sunday that the group had ‘burned Bibles and torched the school for training clergy on the farm, as well as the residence of the students.’

In a press statement on Monday, Arman said that the assailing group had been motivated to burn the Church as police forces ‘stood and watched’ by the ‘racist’ statements of Al-Bashir.

Arman was referring to a number of derogatory remarks Al-Bashir has made against leaders of South Sudan following the latter’s military takeover two weeks ago of oil-rich Heglig region on the disputed borders between the two neighbors.

In separate occasions, Al-Bashir described the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in South Sudan as ‘an insect’ whose members must be disciplined by ‘the stick,’ in what some have linked to a well-known Arab phrase that says ‘don’t buy a slave without the stick.'” Read more.

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