Two protesters killed on day four of Sudan anti-government sit-in





Khartoum – At least two demonstrators were killed as tens of thousands of Sudanese began their fourth day of a mass sit-in to protest the rule of President Omar al-Bashir, a medical organization said Tuesday.



 
Several other protesters were injured when security forces tried to break-up the peaceful demonstration in front of the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum early on Tuesday, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said in a statement.
On Monday, Interior Minister Bushara Aror had said seven people were killed and 2,496 arrested during anti-government protests over the weekend.
Aror told parliament that 15 civilians had also been injured, as well as 42 members of the security forces, according to state-run news agency SUNA.
The sit-in began after the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) called for widespread rallies and a march on the army headquarters on Saturday, the 34th anniversary of the 1985 uprising that toppled the then-government of president Gaafar Nimeiry.
The military removed Nimeiry before handing over power to an elected government, which in turn was overthrown by al-Bashir in a coup in 1989.
The East African nation has seen ongoing protests since December 2018, when a sharp hike in bread and fuel prices caused a public outcry.
The oil-rich country's economy was badly affected when it split with South Sudan in 2011, and the government is currently facing an economic crisis while also battling several rebel groups. 

 


Tuesday, April 9th 2019
(dpa)
           


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