Protesters against sale of schools convicted in Port Sudan
The Port Sudan Criminal Court convicted five people for undermining the public order and illegal gathering on Wednesday.
They were held in May last year, during street protests against plans by the Red Sea state authorities to sell four historical schools in the city centre for investment purposes.
Four of the protesters were sentenced with a fine of SDG300 ($50) or two months imprisonment, while a fifth was convicted to 25 lashes.
Jaafar Abdelgader, chairman of the People’s Committee for the Defence of Schools in Port Sudan told Radio Dabanga that they will appeal against “the unfair verdict”.
He said that the People’s Committee has prepared a petition, signed by the members and the parents of students of the four schools, to be submitted to the new Red Sea governor, demanding the schools to be restored “so that the students can return to their classes in the neighbourhood”.
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