Protesters March on Sudanese Women’s Prison Demanding Release of Detainees

Hundreds of protesters marched on a women’s prison calling for the release of detainees in Omdurman. Sunday’s march, “Rally for Women Detainees” called for the release of women arrested in ongoing demonstrations against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir.

Outside the capital Khartoum, protesters called for president Bashir to leave office. As they approached the prison, police opened fire with tear gas on them.

The march was called by the Sudanese Professionals Association, which has led much of the continued protest campaign.

Initial demonstrations erupted on December 19 after the government increased the price of bread by 300 percent, demonstrations quickly escalated calling for Bashir to step down.

More than 1000 people, including protesters, activists, journalists, doctors and political opposition have been arrested since protests began. Rights groups say more than 50 people have been killed, including several from torture in police custody.

 

 

Image adapted from: “Prison Bars” by Michael Coghlan is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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