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NEWS: Sudan's Washington Embassy Closes Until Further Notice

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posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 09:40 PM
The official US Embassy of the Sudanese government has closed down until further notice. This announcement was made through an Arabic and English note on the Embassy's front door. The official reason stated for the sudden closing was to reduce the site's visability as a public protest site.
Sudan's U.S. embassy in Washington, D.C. closed Monday, according to its official Web site and a notice posted outside the embassy's door.

A sign reading, "Notice from the Embassy: This is to inform that the Embassy will be closed starting from Monday, August 23, 2004 until further notice" was posted in Arabic and English on the embassy's front door.

"They want to try to reduce [the embassy] as a site for visible public protest," said Salih Booker, executive director of Africa Action. "I have not seen an official statement or notice."

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This seems to be an odd move, almost one that may be hinting at a soon coming further action by the Sudanese government that would draw a lot of protest from people in the US. However another reason could be that since June activists have protested Sudan's handling of their humanitarian crisis every day for a whole hour, beginning at noon. Sources inside the embassy say that the demonstrations were becoming an embarrassment.

[edit on 23-8-2004 by Banshee]


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