News ID: 236977
Published: 0607 GMT January 06, 2019

Sudan police break up anti-govt. protesters, Bashir backers plan to rally

Sudan police break up anti-govt. protesters, Bashir backers plan to rally

With supporters of President Omar al-Bashir planning a counter-rally next week, police in Sudan have once again fired tear gas canisters at protesters to break up their crowds, more than two weeks after anti-government protests began in the African country.

Hundreds of protesting men and women convened in areas of downtown in the capital Khartoum on Sunday but dozens of riot police officers began attacking the protesters with tear gas when a group of organizing anti-government rallies called for a march on the presidential palace, witnesses said.

“Police are not even allowing 10 people to gather,” a witness said, Presstv reported.

On Sunday, anti-government rallies were also held in the city of Madani, located southeast of the capital, with protesters chanting for “peace, justice, freedom.” A separate demonstration was staged in the northern town of Atbara, from where the current wave of unrest first erupted.

Sudan has been rocked by near-daily demonstrations since December 19, in the wake of a move by the government to triple the price of a loaf of bread, which angered people and triggered the rallies.

In the initial days of the protests, several buildings and offices of Bashir's ruling National Congress Party were set alight by protesters. Riot police have so far managed to disperse the rallies, and security agents have arrested several opposition leaders and activists in a crackdown on suspected organizers.

The public display of anger soon escalated into calls for Bashir, who took power in 1989, to resign.

According to figures provided by authorities, at least 19 people, including two security personnel, have so far been killed in violent clashes. However, rights group Amnesty International says it has “credible reports” that at least 37 people have lost their lives since the onset of the rallies.

Videos posted on social media networks, purportedly of Sunday’s rallies, showed protesters fleeing down the streets and alleyways in the downtown area trying not to inhale the noxious gas.

Resource: presstv
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