Protests erupt in Khartoum, Dar­fur

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KHARTOUM: Su­danese po­lice fired tear gas on Sun­day at crowds of antigov­ern­ment pro­test­ers in Khartoum and the western war-torn re­gion of Dar­fur after or­gan­is­ers called for na­tion­wide ral­lies against Pres­i­dent Omar al Bashir.

The de­mon­stra­tions in Dar­fur were the first of their kind since un­rest erupted last month over a gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to triple the price of bread.

The protests have since swiftly es­ca­lated into na­tion­wide ral­lies widely seen as the big­gest threat to Bashir’s rule in his three decades in power.

Pro­test­ers who took to the streets in the cap­i­tal’s Ba­hari dis­trict chant­ing “peace, peace” and “rev­o­lu­tion is the peo­ple’s choice” were quickly con­fronted by riot po­lice, wit­nesses said.

Au­thor­i­ties say the protests have left 24 peo­ple dead, while Hu­man Rights Watch has put the death toll at 40, in­clud­ing chil­dren and med­i­cal staff. Protest or­gan­is­ers have called for near daily de­mon­stra­tions across the coun­try against Bashir this week, call­ing it a “Week of Upris­ing”.

In Khartoum on Sun­day pro­test­ers were seen car­ry­ing the Su­danese flag as oth­ers held ban­ners bear­ing the words “peace, jus­tice, free­dom”, which has be­come a key slo­gan in the ral­lies.

Wit­nesses said that po­lice were pur­su­ing pro­test­ers down Ba­hari’s streets and al­leys.

Po­lice ar­rested sev­eral pro­test­ers, wit­nesses said, as footage of the rally which could not be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied spread on so­cial me­dia net­works. — AFP


Anti-gov­ern­ment demon­stra­tors in the Su­dani cap­i­tal Khartoum.

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