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July 21, 2005

Sudanese Rough Up Rice Aides and Reporters

Topics: Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is demanding an apology from the Sudanese government after an incident where several of her staff members and American reporters accompanying her were pushed, shoved and manhandled by Sudanese security forces . Some reporters were physically removed from their rooms, others had their microphones and tape recorders forcefully taken from them. Secretary Rice was visiting Sudan to discuss the violence occuring in the Darfur region, and the incident surely provided no indication that we are dealing with a rational non-violent government.

- MSNBC(...) KHARTOUM, Sudan - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held a congratulatory round of meetings with officials of the new unified Sudanese government Thursday, but expressed outrage after security forces manhandled aides and reporters accompanying her.

(...) El-Bashir's guards elbowed Americans and tried to rip a tape away from a U.S. reporter. At another point, Rice's interpreter and some other aides accompanying her were blocked at a gate.

(...) Ambassador Khidair Haroun Ahmed, head of the Sudanese mission in Washington, attempted to smooth over the situation. "Please accept our apologies," he told reporters and Rice aides. "This is not our policy."

(...) But there was yet another scuffle with security shortly after he apologized when NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell tried to ask el-Bashir a question about his involvement with alleged atrocities.

(...) "Why should the U.S. believe the Sudanese government will stop the killing when the government is still supporting the militia?" Mitchell asked, before guards grabbed her and muscled her toward the rear of the room as State Department officials shouted at the guards to leave her alone.

(...) The session at el-Bashir's residence capped a morning of meetings before a scheduled visit to the western Darfur providence, where the United States blames his government for recruiting and equipping rebel militiamen to massacre rural villagers and burn their homes.

(...) He denies government involvement, but the United States and international organizations say his military sent helicopter gunships to bomb small villages before rebels swept in with horses, guns and knives.

And guys like these want the West to fund an African Army? How do we know which leaders will be leaders and statesmen, and which will be tyrants and dictators. After all, we're talking about a region of the world that has turned out one Nelson Mandela to a truck load of Idi Amins.

Posted by Hyscience at July 21, 2005 9:17 AM

Savages. Nothing but savages. We need to invade Sudan, arm the non-muslims, and have a little turkey shoot.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at July 21, 2005 9:05 AM



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