Protests kill 7, lead to nearly 2,500 arrests
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