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Sudan: Wave of Anger Surrounds Funerals of 2 People

Sudan: Wave of Anger Surrounds Funerals of 2 People

Saturday, 19 January, 2019 - 09:15
A man stands on top of a car flipped over and damaged by mourners outside the home of a demonstrator who died of a gunshot wound sustained during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid Abdelaziz
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The Sudanese opposition announced that a third person fell victim of Thursday’s protests, succumbing to his injuries, following the killing of a doctor and a child. The police, however, acknowledged the death of only two people and denied the use of live bullets to disperse protesters.
 
“Police have not used bullets since the start of events,” police spokesman Hashem Ali Abdulrahim told reporters, as quoted by Agence France Presse, adding that only tear gas had been used against “illegal gatherings.” He also denied there had been any live fire and said no children were killed in the past two days.
 
A wave of mounting anger hit Sudan’s cities on Friday, in response to the security forces’ violent measures against the demonstrators. Neighborhoods, where some protesters were killed, became places for massive protests.

A funeral procession of one of Thursday’s casualties developed into a raucous demonstration of thousands of people, who marched from the dead man's house to the cemetery and vice versa.

The sound of bullets was heard in many areas of Khartoum.

In the suburbs of Kafoury, near the residence of President Omar al-Bashir, protesters chanted slogans against the president, demanding his departure, inside the home of the doctor, Babeker Abdul Jalil, who was killed while treating the wounded on Thursday.

Most of Khartoum areas witnessed violent demonstrations after Friday prayers. A large demonstration took place in a district of Omdurman, starting from the mosque of Sayyed Abdul Rahman, the stronghold of the Ansar confession. But the police dispersed protesters by force.

Demonstrations erupted in Sudan on Dec. 19 to complain about bread prices and cash shortages, but they quickly turned into calls for an end to Bashir’s 30-year-old rule.
 
The government says that 24 people were killed, 131 injured and 800 detained, since the beginning of the protests. But, human rights groups and opposition forces said more than 40 people have been killed to date.

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