News from credible sources in Khartoum reported that Sudanese security force, using 13 four wheel drives, started an arbitrary and wide campaign of arrest among Darfuris in Mayo today April 12th, 2006. The arrest was primarily aimed at Fur, Zaghawa and Massaleit, categorizing as having ethnic lineage with the movements in Darfur. More than 100 individuals were arrested and the campaign continues. The detainees were taken to unknown destination.
Since April 7th, 2006, Mayo area witnessed unprecedented deployment of security force, coinciding with burning of 650 shops by unknown people. Mayo market, where most of the shops are located, is the biggest commercial centre of people from Fur, Zaghawa, Massaleit and other ethnic groups. The shop owners, who went to report the damages, risked being detained with the pretext that they do not posses commercial licenses and documents.
Earlier this week, the Sudanese government was deliberately trying to undermine the negotiations which were in progress in the Nigerian capital Abuja when it was mobilizing its military reinforcement. Armored vehicles and helicopters were on their way from Al-Fashir to the town Kuttum when the movement force intercepted.
Nonetheless, the Sudanese government, violating all security agreements and protocols, is persistent in disrupting the Abuja talks by arresting the representatives of Sudan Liberation Movement in African Union Mission.