Sudanese Forces Crack Down on Anti-Government Protest in Omdurman

StoryfulNewsPublished: January 9, 2019Updated: January 10, 2019
Published: January 9, 2019Updated: January 10, 2019

Sudanese security forces used tear gas and live bullets to disperse an anti-government protest in the city of Omdurman on January 9, as the country entered its third week of unrest with calls for President Omar al-Bashir to step down. Anti-government demonstrations, sparked by rising prices, began in December. At least two protesters were reportedly killed by live ammunition in the January 9 protests, according to one local journalist, though Storyful has not independently confirmed this report. Officials estimated that 19 people had been killed in the protests by December 27; however, an Amnesty International report put the death toll at 37. A pro-government counter rally was held the same day, January 9, in Khartoum. Protesters arrived in buses and were protected by hundreds of police in riot gear, France 24 reported. President Omar al-Bashir has been in power since 1989. A constitutional amendment proposed this month would allow him to retain his position past the end of his term in 2020. Credit: @TheBorderP via Storyful

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