Omar al-Bashir: "We will not succumb to colonialists"
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has angrily rejected the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him.
Mr Bashir told thousands of cheering supporters in the capital that Sudan would not "kneel" to colonialists.
He said he defied outsiders to come to Sudan and talk about human rights.
He is accused of two counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity in Darfur, in the first ICC warrant for a serving head of state.
Mr Bashir, 65, told a rally in the city's Martyrs Square: "We are telling the colonialists we are not succumbing; we are not submitting; we will not kneel; we are targeted because we refuse to submit."
"We are lions and we have tigers," Mr Bashir told the crowd, waving his walking stick in the air. "We will carry on rejecting colonialism."
He said the ICC, together with the UN Security Council and the International Monetary Fund, were trying to "colonise people anew and steal their resources".
"They claim that human rights are being violated in Sudan," he said. "We defy them to come here in Sudan and show us what's happening here."
On Wednesday, the ICC accused Mr Bashir of responsibility for a campaign of extermination, rape and pillage during the Darfur conflict.
Mr Bashir was charged with two counts of war crimes: intentionally directing attacks against civilians and pillaging.
He is also accused of five crimes against humanity counts: murder; extermination; forcible transfer; torture and rape.
But the tribunal at The Hague rejected a further allegation of genocide, saying there was insufficient evidence.
The UN estimates that 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million displaced in Darfur, since black African rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated regime demanding a greater share of resources and power.
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