Darfur News Update by Radio Dabanga (27 November- 3 December)
Two students killed in demonstrations
(By Radio Dabanga)
Three students were killed and twelve wounded Wednesday when police and security agents opened fire heavily on a crowd of protesters. One other student was stabbed by a member of the Central Reserve Police. Student protesters from the University of Zalingei had surrounded the hall where the international mediators of the Darfur conflict were meeting. The mediation team includes the Qatari Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud and United Nations – African Union Joint Representative Djibril Bassolé.
The unrest erupted after the mobilizations of student loyalists to the National Congress Party (NCP), who gathered in support of the mediators. They carried banners and chanted slogans against key rebel demands. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that opposition students mobilized themselves and clashed with the students of the NCP, forcing them to withdraw. The opposition students then surrounded the hall and began chanting against Bassolé, whom they described as ‘cowardly.’ They chanted slogans in favor of one Darfur province and in favor of Luis Moreno Ocampo, the international prosecutor who alleges genocide was committed in Darfur. At the same time the students criticized the mediators for not involving them in the consultative meeting. Bassolé spoke with the students through a sound system but he could not convince the students and they continued shouting. Bassolé and the other mediators where withdrawn from the spot. After the mediators were gone security agents opened the fire on the crowd. Witnesses said some protesters were arrested, but they could not describe how many or whom.. The situation in Zalingei on Thursday, the day after the events, was described as calm. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an inquiry into the events.
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Two students killed demonstrating against ‘coward’ Darfur mediator
Zalingei police pursue student protesters after shooting 2 dead
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