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Sudan: 37 Killed in Anti-Bashir Protests

At least 37 protesters have been killed since the Sudanese government started a crackdown on wave of riots seeking President Omar Al-Bashir to step down. 

Amnesty International said it had “credible reports that 37 protesters have been shot dead by the security forces in five days of anti-government demonstrations” that have rocked the country.

“The fact that the security forces are using lethal force so indiscriminately against unarmed protesters is extremely troubling,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s deputy director for East Africa, the Great Lakes and the Horn.

Sudan is currently experiencing a severe economic crisis which has led to a rise in the cost of fuel, electricity, transport, food and medicine provoking countrywide protests.

Since 14 December, tens of thousands of people have been taking part in protests in different parts of the country including in Wad Madani, Port Sudan, Gebeit, Al-Qadarif, Atbara, Berber, Dongla, Karima, Al-Damazin, Al Obeid, Al Fasher, Khartoum and Omdurman.

Security officers last week shot at protestors to disperse them killing six people in Al Qadarif, one in Berber and two in Karima.

The government also shut down the internet on 20 December, in yet another attempt to stop the protests.

Some marched to the president’s residence to demand his resignation.

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Amnesty International said with dozens already dead, the government must rein in this deadly use of force and prevent more unnecessary bloodshed. 

“Instead of trying to stop people from demonstrating, the authorities should be focusing on ending longstanding repression of human rights and resolving the economic crisis that have collectively precipitated these protests,” said Jackson. 

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