Masses March Against Government in Omdurman

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

Hordes of anti-government protesters marched through Omdurman, Sudan, on January 9. According to Reuters, hundreds were in attendance. The demonstrations, sparked by rising prices, began in December. Security forces had cracked down on protests with tear gas and live ammunition. Two protesters were killed by live ammunition in the January 9 protests, according to one local reporter, though Storyful has not independently confirmed this report. Excluding the fatalities reported on January 9, officials estimated that 19 people had been killed in the protests by December 27; however, an Amnesty International report put the number of fatalities at 37. A pro-government rally was held in Khartoum, also on January 9. Protesters arrived in buses and were protected by 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: @abubakr_omer via Storyful

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