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Supporters of former Sudanese president arrested

Al Bashir supporters protest the government of Hamdok, Khartoum, April 16, 2020 (Social media)
Al Bashir supporters protest the government of Hamdok, Khartoum, April 16, 2020 (Social media)

On Thursday, the police arrested 23 people in front of Kober Prison in Khartoum North. They demanded the release of members of the former regime headed by Omar Al Bashir.  

According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior, a limited group of protesters carried out a protest in Kober district on Thursday.

The police, in the presence of a public prosecutor, instructed them to leave the place, and strictly adhere to the directives of the High Committee for Health Emergencies that banned gatherings, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

When the protestors did not respond, the police then arrested 23 of them, and filed a complaint against them under Emergency Order 2020-1 issued in accordance with the Health Emergencies Act in mid-March.

On March 31, the public prosecutor formally charged Al Bashir, several of his senior military aides, and a number of Islamist leaders of undermining the constitutional order more than 30 years ago.

In June 1989, the ousted president led a military coup against the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister El Sadig El Mahdi and President Ahmed El Mirghani.

Al Bashir and his affiliates have also been charged with abuse of power and corruption between 1989 and 2019.

On April 16, Sudan’s Council of Ministers ordered strict measures against Al Bashir supporters, after hundreds of people protested against the government of Abdallah Hamdok in downtown Khartoum. The police used teargas to dispersed them.

It was the third time in eight days that defenders of the defunct regime of former President Omar Al Bashir staged a demonstration. On April 9, protesters demanded the transitional government to be replaced, and called for the continuation of subsidies on basic consumer goods. On April 12, mainly women supporters demonstrated. 30 of them were arrested for violating anti-coronavirus measures.

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