PRO­TEST­ERS SEEK AL-BASHIR'S OUSTER

Regina Leader-Post - - WORLD -

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.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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