Protests kill 7, lead to nearly 2,500 ar­rests

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KHAR­TOUM, Su­dan – Seven peo­ple were killed and 2,496 were ar­rested dur­ing peace­ful anti-gov­ern­ment protests in Su­dan over the week­end, state-run me­dia re­ported Mon­day, cit­ing the in­te­rior min­is­ter.

Bushara Aror told par­lia­ment that 15 civil­ians had also been in­jured, as well as 42 mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces, ac­cord­ing to state-run news agency SUNA.

Protests against the rule of long­time Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir, mean­while, con­tin­ued Mon­day in the cap­i­tal of Khar­toum, with tens of thou­sands of peo­ple stag­ing a sit-in at the army head­quar­ters. Cred­i­ble wit­nesses put the num­ber of demon­stra­tors at close to 1 mil­lion.

In the pres­ence of heav­ily armed se­cu­rity forces and riot po­lice, pro­test­ers were chant­ing slo­gans to en­cour­age the army to help them over­throw al-Bashir’s gov­ern­ment. Some held plac­ards that read, “The army and the peo­ple are one” and “One army is unity.”

The East African na­tion has seen on­go­ing protests since De­cem­ber 2018, when a sharp hike in bread and fuel prices caused a pub­lic out­cry.

– Deutsche Presse-Agen­tur

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