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New anti-government demos in Khartoum, Omdurman

January 16 - 2019 KHARTOUM / OMDURMAN
Sudan Uprising poster by the Sudan Professionals Association
Sudan Uprising poster by the Sudan Professionals Association

On Tuesday afternoon, new peaceful demonstrations were launched in the densely-populated El Kalakla district in southern Khartoum and the large cluster of El Sawra districts in Sudan’s second city of Omdurman.

The demonstrations were in response to the call by the Sudanese Professionals Association and opposition parties who signed the Association’s Declaration of Freedom and Change to demand the immediate step-down of Al Bashir and his regime.

The security forces confronted these demonstrations with violent repression by using live ammunition, tear gas, and batons which caused dozens of injuries and arrests.

Vehicles of the security apparatus hit a number of demonstrators and injured a number of them, including Al Jazeera photographer, Badawi Bashir, who sustained minor injuries.

Witnesses told Radio Dabanga from El Kalakla that the demonstration was launched from El Laffa Market and swept wide areas of the market before the security forces faced it using live bullets and tear gas.

Smaller marches

The violence caused the demonstration to split into several smaller marches in different areas of El Kalakla that continued for hours as the protesters shouting slogans calling for the fall of the regime and carrying banners calling for the establishment of freedom and justice, amid ululations of joy.

According to witnesses, the demonstration began despite the heavy security deployment since morning and the dozens of vehicles without plates carrying armed men in military and civilian uniforms in El Laffa Market and all the main roads.

In El Sawra in Omdurman, Sudanese went out in a demonstration demanding the immediate step-down of Al Bashir and his regime from power, chanting the freedom, peace and justice and the revolution is the choice of the people and the people wants to overthrow the regime.

Demonstrators set fire to tyres near the Sabrin bus station and the adjacent market, which the police and security services deployed with unprecedented intensity took up, and faced the demonstrators with excessive violence using hoses, batons, rubber bullets and tear gas.

Despite the full security occupation of the Sabrin market and all the roads leading to it, the demonstrators boldly went out and chanted “just fall fall” then they turned demonstrations to other streets of El Sawra.

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