PROTESTERS SEEK AL-BASHIR'S OUSTER
CAIRO Hundreds of protesters marched in and around Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Sunday, the fourth week of unrest that began over skyrocketing prices and a failing economy but that now calls for the ouster of autocratic President Omar al-Bashir.
Images circulated by activists online showed marches taking place in Khartoum and its northern twin cities of Omdurman and Bahary, despite security forces firing tear gas at the crowds. One group, hundreds strong, appeared to have reached Bahary’s main train station.
Security forces encircled the area and fired in the air to disperse crowds around the station, the main rally point for a gathering called by protest groups, professional associations and political opposition.
“The people want the fall of the regime,” chanted a crowd in the area, as seen in one video, echoing a popular slogan of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that defied despotism in the region, but never made it to Sudan.
Sudan’s economy has stagnated for most of al-Bashir’s rule, but its recent lows have been dramatic, prompting the protests.
Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide in Darfur.
Anti-government protesters rally in Khartoum, Sudan, on Sunday. The country’s failing economy and the autocratic rule of its leader, Omar al-Bashir, have led to four weeks of unrest.