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Sudan police clash with protesters

SUDAN: Students clashed with police in north Sudan Sunday as youths heeded calls to take to the streets for a day of nationwide anti-government protests despite a heavy security deployment.

The protests, coinciding with preliminary results in south Sudan’s landmark independence referendum and a sixth day of a revolt in Egypt, saw violent clashes in Khartoum and at least 64 people arrested, according to the police.

At the Islamic University of Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city, around 1,000 demonstrators were confronted by riot police as they marched, shouting slogans against President Omar al-Bashir, an AFP reporter said. “Ocampo, what you have said is right!” they chanted, referring to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who has accused Bashir of genocide and war crimes in Darfur.

Protesters hurled rocks at police who retaliated with tear gas and batons. Student members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) sided with police in some of the clashes, according to witnesses.

In the northern city of El-Obeid, around 600 kilometres (370 miles) west of Khartoum, riot police also used tear gas to disperse demonstrators.About 600 people held what was billed as a peaceful protest in the city centre, shouting slogans against Bashir’s government and calling for change, one witness said, before riot police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

In central Khartoum, a group of youths gathered near the presidential palace, chanting: “We want change! No to the high price of goods!” before anti-riot police chased off the protesters and arrested five of them.

Khartoum, Monday, AFP

 

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