Sudan's capital announces suspension of school classes over growing protests

Sudan intel chief says deadly 'bread protests' orchestrated by Israeli Mossad

Sudan intel chief says deadly 'bread protests' orchestrated by Israeli Mossad

Police and national security forces used tear gas and live rounds on Sunday to disperse protesters who'd gathered after a soccer match and were trying to cross a bridge leading toward the presidential palace in the capital, Khartoum, according to Husameldin, a local resident who asked that his surname not be used because of concerns about government reprisals.

"We urge you to immediately withdraw Mr Atta's USA visa, require his departure from the United States, and make a determination as to whether Mr Atta is subject to sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act", they further said.

Omdurman Islamic University students hold a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan.

The decision came at a time when various areas in Sudan, including Khartoum, are witnessing popular protests against the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.

In a statement published on Sunday, the coalition said that it would submit an official demand on Tuesday for the "president's immediate resignation in response to the uprising by the Sudanese people".

Web users reported problems accessing the internet, and some accused the government of blocking social media including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp in a bid to stop protesters communicating. The two enjoy wide support across much of Sudan.

Other protests are planned to take place in several cities over the next few days across Canada, the US, Australia and the United Kingdom, according to British and American Sudanese activists.

Two demonstrators were killed in Atbara and six others in Al Qadarif, officials said on Thursday, as protesters torched offices of President Omar Al Bashir's ruling National Congress Party. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for committing crimes against humanity and genocide in the western Darfur region.

Opposition leader Sadiq Al Mahdi said on Saturday that 22 people had died, denouncing what he called "armed repression" against a legitimate protest movement.

Sudan's officials however dispute this death toll giving a lower number of causalities.

While inside the stadium, the fans chanted slogans demanding that Bashir step down, according to activists and video clips posted online. The strike is mainly focused on government hospitals, but the organizers said some doctors in private clinics were joining in.

"The main reason for the protests is economic and linked to high prices but the roots of the economic crisis are political", said Abdellattif al-Bouni, a political science professor.

Seeking to staunch the unrest, authorities have arrested more than a dozen opposition leaders and suspended university and school classes in much of Sudan.

Participants in the protests have so far numbered in the hundreds or low thousands in each location, but their continuation for almost a week despite the use of force by police suggests the level of popular discontent over Bashir's rule is at a dangerously high level.

A nation of 40 million people, Sudan has struggled to recover from the loss of three quarters of its oil output - its main source of foreign currency - when South Sudan seceded in 2011. Lawmakers loyal to him are already campaigning for constitutional amendments that would allow him to run in the 2020 election.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.