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Sudan: Growing Violence As Police Shoot And Kill Protesters

Rising prices, shortages of basic commodities and a cash crisis have pushed protesters to the streets across Sudan to demonstrate against Bashir, who took power in a military coup in 1989.

Since the demonstrations started spreading on Dec. 19, police have dispersed protesters with tear gas and sometimes used live ammunition, killing at least 37 protesters withing 5 days according to Amnesty International.

The country is nearing a partial shutdown as the government implemented emergency measures, including the closing of schools and universities, a strategy aimed at weakening the demonstrations against Bashir.

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On Tuesday, three Sudanese protesters were wounded by gunshots used by security forces in an attempt to disperse demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s regime.
On Tuesday, three Sudanese protesters were wounded by gunshots used by security forces in an attempt to disperse demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s regime. Photo:Reuters
Sudanese demonstrators run from teargas lobbed at crowds to disperse them as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum.
Sudanese demonstrators run from teargas lobbed at crowds to disperse them as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum. Photo:Reuters
Teargas is lobbed to disperse Sudanese demonstrators during anti-government protests in Khartoum.
Teargas is lobbed to disperse Sudanese demonstrators during anti-government protests in Khartoum. Photo:Reuters
The events took place in the context of a march called by workers
The events took place in the context of a march called by workers' associations planned to go from Aby Janzir Square in central Khartoum to the presidential palace to demand that President Omar al-Bashir immediately step down after 29 years in office and for the formation of a transitional government. Photo:Reuters
The Sudanese Professionals Association called for a national work stoppage to demonstrate against hikes in prices and downward spiraling economic conditions.
The Sudanese Professionals Association called for a national work stoppage to demonstrate against hikes in prices and downward spiraling economic conditions. Photo:Reuters
At least 37 Sudanese were shot dead over five days of protests.
At least 37 Sudanese were shot dead over five days of protests. Photo:Reuters
Outside support for the protests has also been pouring in from the Sudanese diaspora.
Outside support for the protests has also been pouring in from the Sudanese diaspora. Photo:Reuters
Published 26 December 2018
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