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Mass student protests spread in Khartoum

October 28 - 2016 KHARTOUM
File photo: Student rally in Port Sudan in April (RD)
File photo: Student rally in Port Sudan in April (RD)

Renewed demonstrations by students against the alleged murder on Adam Yahya Haroun were held at Khartoum University on Thursday, without intervention by riot police.

The Darfuri Student Association at Khartoum University denounced the torture of student Haroun, and the Sudanese security services’ systematic targeting of Darfuri students.

Shouting slogans such as “No for racial discrimination, killing of a student is killing of a nation”, the students held their protest at the university before walking en masse to the university chancellor's office on Nile avenue.

El Fateh Eisa, the secretary general of the student associations, told Radio Dabanga that his group held a speech about the death of Haroun and the targeting of Darfuris by the security service. Another subject was the exemption of the Darfuri students from paying tuition fees, which is in accordance with Darfur peace agreements, but often not implemented by universities in Sudan.

A demonstration at the Islamic University in Omdurman, the university of Haroun, on Wednesday was dispersed by riot police. Four students sustained injuries.

Haroun, a Darfuri student at the Islamic University of Omdurman was found ‘electrocuted’ last Monday. According to the Darfuri students association at Haroun's university, the hospital were his body was examined provided a death certificate that stated it showed signs of torture. However, security officers confiscated the certificate and obtained a medical report from another hospital, stating otherwise.

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