Sudanese security forces have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman, as organisers urge nationwide demonstrations over the next week calling for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir.
Witnesses said crowds chanting “freedom, peace, justice” demonstrated today in two areas of Khartoum and in Omdurman just across the Nile. They were quickly confronted by volleys of tear gas from riot police.
The demonstrations that first erupted on December 19 over a government decision to triple the price of bread have swiftly escalated into broader protests that are widely seen as the biggest threat to Bashir’s three-decade rule.
Today’s protests came after organisers called for nationwide demonstrations over the next week demanding Bashir resign. At least 22 people have been killed since the protests began, according to the authorities.