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    SUDAN SPEAKS: 500,000+ express the Voice of Islamic Africa against U.S. War on Iraq KHARTOUM, Feb 26 (AFP) -- More than 100,000 Sudanese of both sexes took to
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      SUDAN SPEAKS: 500,000+ express the Voice of Islamic Africa against
      U.S. War on Iraq

      KHARTOUM, Feb 26 (AFP) -- More than 100,000 Sudanese of both sexes
      took to the streets of the Sudanese capital Wednesday to condemn a
      planned US-led strike on Iraq.
      Government and opposition parties, trade unions, professional
      associations, students, women's and youth organisations took part in
      the demonstration which was called by the Popular Organisation for
      Solidarity with Iraq.
      Gathering at Martyrs Square in front of the Republican Palace and
      flooding into the streets leading to the square, the protesters
      carried placards and chanted slogans against the United States.
      They also criticised Arab allies of Washington, shouting "Shame
      upon you, Arabs of the dollar" and burned a US flag in front of the
      United Nations offices here.
      Chief organiser Fathi Khalil, head of the Sudanese bar association,
      who addressed the gathering before handing in a message of protest to
      the UN, said more than half a million people had turned out, making
      it the biggest rally here in a decade.
      Tens of thousands were bussed into the capital from outlying
      suburbs and villages.
      Addressed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the memorandum said
      the Sudanese people denounced "the genocidal war by American and
      British forces now being gathered in the region for aggression on the
      brotherly people of Iraq and for occupying the state of Iraq using
      the latest and most destructive weapons, including nuclear."
      It called the argument that Iraq possessed weapons of mass
      destruction "unconvincing" while no reference was being made to such
      weapons possessed by Israel and North Korea.
      The memorandum called on the UN General Secretariat and Security
      Council to "rid the United Nations of American hegemony and live up
      to its responsibility stipulated by the UN Charter towards such
      barbaric threats that violate the international charter and
      jeopardise world peace and security."
      It also called upon the UN to implement all resolution previously
      taken against Israel.
      Uniformed police were out in force to maintain order along the
      route and outside the UN offices, but the demonstration dispersed
      peacefully.

      [Courtesy Sudan Society.]

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