Sudan Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters as the People Defy Government Ban

Thousands of protesters demonstrated Thursday in Khartoum and Omdurman, Sudan against President Bashir, despite a state of emergency declared by Bashir.

Last week, Bashir declared the year long state of emergency and issued orders to crush protests against his 30 year rule, including a ban on unauthorized demonstrations. Bashir gave sweeping powers to security forces to carry out raids and crush the national uprising.

Authorities have set up emergency courts to prosecute violations against the directives issued in the state of emergency by Bashir, with offenses punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Protesters chanting their rallying cry “freedom, peace, justice” demonstrated across several districts of Khartoum and Omdurman on Thursday. Several protesters were arrested and taken to the emergency courts.

Protests have been ongoing in Sudan for more than two months, with demonstrators beginning December 19 after a government decision to triple the price of bread. Unrest quickly grew into a national uprising against Bashir’s three-decade rule, with demonstrators calling on him to leave office. More than 50 people have been killed by security forces since the demonstrations began and thousands have been injured and a thousand arrested.

 

 

Image: “wounded vampire” by AK Rockefeller is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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