Sudanese rally to support leader
Thousands of people have rallied in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, in support of their President, Omar al-Bashir. The protests followed reports that Mr Bashir is about to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes in Darfur…
Meanwhile, Sudanese government spokesman Mahjoub Fadul Badry said the indictment of Mr Bashir would violate Sudan’s sovereignty.
“If an international organisation or the organisations working in the humanitarian field are behind such an indictment of the head of state, our symbol of national sovereignty, then no-one should expect us to turn our left cheek,” Mr Badry told al-Arabiya television.
The UN estimates that some 300,000 people have died because of the conflict but Sudan’s government says the scale of the violence has been exaggerated.
Can you imagine living in a nation so politically backward that overwhelming world opinion considers their president a criminal who should be brought to justice – and the citizens react by turning out in hordes to support him in the name of patriotism.