Sudan’s President vows to crush opposition protests
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir vowed yesterday to brutally crush anti-regime protests, warning the authorities will crack down on demonstrators as they did in 2013 when dozens were killed during clashes. Bashir’s warning came as opposition activists issued a new call to hold a two-day nationwide strike next week against a government decision to cut fuel subsidies that has led to rising prices for goods including medicines. “In the past few days we have heard some people, who are hiding behind their keyboards, calling for the overthrow of the regime,” Bashir told supporters gathered in the eastern town of Kasala. “We want to tell them that if you want to overthrow the regime, then face us directly on the streets. I challenge you to come out onto the streets. “But we know you will not come because you know what happened in the past... This regime will not be overthrown by keyboards and WhatsApp,” Bashir said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
LYON: An investigating French police officer takes photographs on the highway where thieves robbed an armored truck loaded with gold yesterday in Dardilly, near Lyon, central France. —AP