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Sudan: Angry Protests Continue in Khartoum, Omdurman

Sudan: Angry Protests Continue in Khartoum, Omdurman

Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 - 08:30
Sudanese demonstrators burn tires at an anti-government protest in Omdurman, Khartoum, Sudan January 20, 2019. (Reuters)
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Hundreds of Sudanese flooded the streets of Omdurman during the funeral of one of the protests’ victims, amid chants calling for retribution against his killers.

Omar al-Nimeer, a final-year engineering student at Sudan University, died after sustaining injury on Tuesday when he was shot during one of the protests in Burri neighborhood, east Khartoum.

The funeral turned into a rally attended by thousands of people chanting against the government and calling for President Omar al-Bashir to step down from office. The protests went on for hours until dawn when security forces entered the area and used tear gas to disperse protesters.

A witness said at least 20,000 people took part in the funeral.

Streets of al-Thawra town, one of the most populated cities of Omdurman, were covered with smog after protesters burnt tires. They set up roadblocks in the city’s main streets and entrances preventing security forces vehicles from entering the area.

Khartoum and other cities also had several night protests which Professionals Association called for in east Khartoum and west Omdurman.

Witnesses said the authorities transferred hundreds of heavily armed soldiers to areas of protests.

In other news, a Sudanese court acquitted a student accused of killing a police officer during protests more than two years ago. In a statement on Assem Omer's acquittal, the Association said that his legendary steadfastness, perseverance, and freedom gives the rebels hope and is a good omen for the coming victory.

“Asim Omer spent more than 30 months in prison on charges of killing a policeman, which the regime wasn’t able to prove,” adding that it became a trial for the regime.

Asim, 23-year-old and member of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCoP), was accused of killing an anti-riot policeman who died after a hit by a Molotov cocktail during the student protests in April 2016.

Head of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), General Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh (aka Salah Gosh), indicated that protests in many cities in the country “began to rescind” and accused, once again, “infiltrators” of killing protesters.

He affirmed that the forces deployed in Omdurman were not armed to avoid the killing of protesters, and accused a demonstrator of killing doctor Babeker Abdul Hamid last Thursday. He asserted that security forces were there to protect the protesters and only intervene if necessary, and even then, they would only use weapons within the law.

Sudan Tribune quoted Gosh as saying that officials were able to document all the demonstrations and know the size of each one, adding that participation in the largest protests did not exceed 2500 demonstrators.

On the other hand, official media in Sudan reported Tuesday that the Sudanese President will visit Qatar to meet with Emir Tamim bin Hamad.

Bashir will meet the Emir on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations as well as issues of common concern and fraternal relations between the two countries and ways of promoting them.

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