Sudanese security pulls plug on Khartoum Web conference

May 11, 2013 20:57

KHARTOUM - The organizer of a forum on promoting ideas through the Internet accused Sudanese state security agents on Saturday of shutting down the event in Khartoum by cutting off the power.

The local branch of New York-based TED, an independent group that spreads knowledge about the Internet and social media, drew 900 people to its 'Knowledge into Action' conference in a luxury hotel, its founder Anwar Dafa-Alla said.

After the first speech, a security agent came and asked to halt the event, saying there was no permit for it, Dafa-Alla told Reuters.

"We informed him that we have a permit from a government agency," he said. "But then a second security person came and asked again to stop the event."

He said security agents then ordered the hotel management to cut off power in the middle of a speech. Another conference participant confirmed this, but the security apparatus could not be immediately reached for comment.

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