Women protesters detained in Omdurman, Sudan
The security services detained 16 activists of the “No to Women’s Oppression Initiative”, who staged a protest in front of Omdurman Women Prison today.
The women protested against the detention of women politicians, especially Dr Maryam El Sadig, Co-Vice President of the National Umma Party (NUP), reportedly held in the prison, and Samia Kiir, Secretary-General of the Sudanese Congress Party, who is being held in En Nahud in West Kordofan.
Eyewitnesses told Radio Dabanga that the security forces used large quantities of tear gas to disperse the protesting women. Some of the women, among them Sara Nugdallah, NUP Secretary-General, were beaten. 16 women were taken into custody by the police in central Omdurman. They were released later today (Thursday).
Member of the initiative Rabah El Sadig told Radio Dabanga after her release that the security forces used tear gas against the protestors, after they had taken the women’s banners.
She mentioned that the other women, released on bail, are Sara Nugdallah, Dr Ihsan Fagiri, Zeinab El Sadig, Dr Sandra Faroug, Um Selma El Sadig, Rasheeda Ibrahim, Walaa El Sayed, Muna El Taher, Ilham Bushra, Ghafran Mortada, and Zeinab Badreldin.
“We were detained, and released again without being told what the charges were,” Rabah noted.
She stressed that they will continue demonstrating “until all political detainees are released”.
Picture above: Sara Nugdallah in police custody, 28 August 2014
Pictures below: The women at the protest in Omdurman, and later in police custody.
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