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Sudan: Protest stage mass rally outside the Army headquarters

Media playback not supported on your device Media script Thousands of rallies in the capital Khartoum Thousands of protesters throughout Sudan have participated in what appears to be the largest series of meetings against President Omar al-Bashir since protests began in December. In Khartoum, protesters first reached the Army headquarters. The Presidential Association is nearby. The security forces used tear gas and batons to try to keep the protesters back. The rallies mark the 34th anniversary of the coup that reversed the regime of former President Jaafar Nimeiri. Why do people protest? The protests were originally made by an increase in the cost of living but now require the president, who has been in power for almost 30 years, to go down. Sudan's economy has long been strained since the US imposed sanctions over 20 years ago and accused Khartoum of sponsoring terrorist groups. Image copyrightAFP CaptionsAuthorities have used tear gas to try to spread the protesters On December 1 9, 2018, the Sudanese government announced the price of fuel and bread would rise. During the year leading up to this, inflation was high while Sudanese pound fell rapidly in value. The announcement of the price increases triggered protests, which developed into calls to President Omar al-Bashir to go down. Biggest protests in memory remind Sudan His rule has been blighted by allegations of human rights violations. In 2009 and 2010, the International Criminal Court extradited him with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. An infringement of his arrest…

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Media script Thousands of rallies in the capital Khartoum

Thousands of protesters throughout Sudan have participated in what appears to be the largest series of meetings against President Omar al-Bashir since protests began in December.

In Khartoum, protesters first reached the Army headquarters. The Presidential Association is nearby.

The security forces used tear gas and batons to try to keep the protesters back.

The rallies mark the 34th anniversary of the coup that reversed the regime of former President Jaafar Nimeiri.

Why do people protest?

The protests were originally made by an increase in the cost of living but now require the president, who has been in power for almost 30 years, to go down.

Sudan’s economy has long been strained since the US imposed sanctions over 20 years ago and accused Khartoum of sponsoring terrorist groups.

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Authorities have used tear gas to try to spread the protesters

On December 1

9, 2018, the Sudanese government announced the price of fuel and bread would rise.

During the year leading up to this, inflation was high while Sudanese pound fell rapidly in value.

The announcement of the price increases triggered protests, which developed into calls to President Omar al-Bashir to go down.

  • Biggest protests in memory remind Sudan

His rule has been blighted by allegations of human rights violations. In 2009 and 2010, the International Criminal Court extradited him with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. An infringement of his arrest has been issued.

Who are the protesters?

The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) – a collaboration between health workers and lawyers – has organized the protests.

Doctors have emerged as a leading force and as a result are directed by the authorities.

It is estimated that up to two-thirds of the protesters are women, who say they are demonstrating against Sudan’s sexist and patriarchal society.

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Media script Sudan’s protests: “No failure makes us stop”

How has the president responded?

In February it looked as if he could go to protests and go down, but instead Bashir declared a national emergency.

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President Bashir spoke to the National Dialogue Committee in his palace on April 5

In the streets, safety has been heavy, with tear gas used discriminatingly and reports of violence common.

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Media script Sudan’s protests: People fly shot in deadly protest

Sudanese authorities have been accused of arresting prominent activists and targeting medics that the National Intelligence Security Service has denied.

Authorities say that 31 people have died in protest-related violence so far but Human Rights Watch says the figure is more 51.

The Press Group of Human Rights Doctors says it has evidence to kill, persecute and torture by peaceful demonstrators and medications who cares about them.

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