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article imageDarfur police Assault UN Workers after raid on Party

By bobSP     Jan 22, 2007 in World
The United Nations says five of its staff have been assaulted by police in Sudan's Darfur region.
The five UN workers were part of the group of 20 aid workers and African Union peacekeepers who were arrested by authorities in Sudan after a raid on a party over the weekend.
The UN has released a statement saying that some of their staff had been abused and are now suffering from serious injuries. The UN plans to officially protest to the Khatoum government.
The party in question was held in Nyala, the biggest town in Darfur, on Friday night. The fact that members of the Sudanese government showed up says a lot because they have yet to do anything to about the situation in Darfur since things really turned ugly back in 2003.
Sudanese police and security officers stormed the compound where the party was taking place, arresting 20 people and assaulting them both physically and verbally.
Sudan's state-owned television said that the workers were detained for misconduct, allegedly something to do with the allegations of sexual misconduct for which UN peacekeepers in southern Sudan (and a plethora of other places) have recently come under fire.
The UN's statement mentioned that all the detainees are now free. It is most likely that they were arrested for the consumption of alcoholic, which under Sharia law is outlawed, but foreigners normally get away with it so long as they don't do it unabashedly in public-- more than likely that was a mere excuse to storm the compound in the hopes of getting the peacekeepers out of the region.
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