Su­dan’s Pres­i­dent vows to crush op­po­si­tion protests

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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