Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

24 June 2012

Sudan: Demonstrations Sudan Continue Amid Security Crackdown

Khartoum — Several demonstrations were held on Sunday throughout Khartoum and other cities, in an expression of discontent since student-led protests began a week ago.

Riot police have dispersed the protests. Tens of people were injured.

Several demonstrations were held on Sunday throughout Khartoum and other cities, in an expression of discontent since student-led protests began a week ago. Riot police have dispersed the protests.

Tens of people were injured. In the area of Fitihab in Omdurman a student demonstration was dispersed by security forces using tear gas, batons and rubber bullets. A student witness tells Radio Dabanga that around fifty [50] students were injured during the crackdown, some of them are in a critical condition.

Radio Dabanga has reported that students demonstrated in front of the Faculty of Education of the University of Khartoum in Omdurman. Demonstrators have yelled slogans as "People want to overthrow the regime!". In another slogan they called on the police to join them in their protests.

Meanwhile a women's demonstration took place in front of the house of former Prime Minister Ishmael Azhari's house in Omdurman. The women were banging pots and pans in order to show their anger with the high food prices.

Protests also took place in the cities of Gedarif, Kosti and Sennar.

The Sudanese Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms (SODRF) urged the government to free all detained protesters. The coordinator of the association, Farouk Mohammed Ibrahim, told Radio Dabanga that amongst the detaines the following activists have been arrested: Sati Al Haj, Munsir Abu Maali, Mohamed Hasan Bushi, Mohamed Dialdin, Mohamed Farid Baymi, and journalist Mohammed Ahmed Shabasha. He added that more protesters were arrested in Gedarif.

Malik Agar, head of Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, together with the Sudan Revolutionary Front announced their support for the "uprising" taking place in Sudan. They called on all Sudanese citizens to join the protests and to maintain the peaceful character of the demonstrations. Malik Agar also announced that a ceasefire should be implemented as soon as the government falls. Agar stated that "it is not too late for members of the government to take the side of the people. The Sudanese Army and police force should join in the protests, they are capable of preventing a bloodbath."

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