Sudan Protests Escalate as 20 Killed in Clashes With Police

Published April 10th, 2019 - 06:44 GMT

About 20 protesters were killed and dozens injured since Saturday in a sit-in outside Sudan's Defence Ministry as they were calling on President Omar al Bashir to step down.

There have been sustained protests against the Sudanese president and his National Congress Party since 19 December 2018. Security forces fired teargas, stun grenades and live bullets to disperse protesters.
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Sudanese men gather atop a pedestrian crossing with a national flag and a banner reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all", during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019.
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Sudanese men gather atop a pedestrian crossing with a national flag and a banner reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all", during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. AFP/ File

A Sudanese protester with a bare back walks with a sign behind reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all" during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019.
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A Sudanese protester with a bare back walks with a sign behind reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all" during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. AFP

Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country.
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Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country. AFP

Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country.
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Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country. AFP

A Sudanese protester holds a placard during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. The writing on the placard reads in Arabic : "We have chosen death, hey dancer", referring to the president. 
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A Sudanese protester holds a placard during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. The writing on the placard reads in Arabic : "We have chosen death, hey dancer", referring to the president. STRINGER / AFP

A Sudanese protester takes part in a rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019, as thousands of protesters urging the military to join calls for leader Omar al-Bashir's resignation.
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A Sudanese protester takes part in a rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019, as thousands of protesters urging the military to join calls for leader Omar al-Bashir's resignation. STRINGER / AFP

Sudanese protesters stand on a monument as others rally in the area of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019. The writing on the monument reads in Arabic: "Victory is ours".
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Sudanese protesters stand on a monument as others rally in the area of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019. The writing on the monument reads in Arabic: "Victory is ours". STRINGER / AFP

Sudanese protesters gather for a second day outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 7, 2019. Sudanese police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who rallied outside the army headquarters for a second day urging the military to back them in demanding President Omar al-Bashir resign.
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Sudanese protesters gather for a second day outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 7, 2019. Sudanese police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who rallied outside the army headquarters for a second day urging the military to back them in demanding President Omar al-Bashir resign. AFP

Sudanese men gather atop a pedestrian crossing with a national flag and a banner reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all", during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019.
AFP/ File
A Sudanese protester with a bare back walks with a sign behind reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all" during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019.
AFP
Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country.
AFP
Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country.
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A Sudanese protester holds a placard during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. The writing on the placard reads in Arabic : "We have chosen death, hey dancer", referring to the president. 
STRINGER / AFP
A Sudanese protester takes part in a rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019, as thousands of protesters urging the military to join calls for leader Omar al-Bashir's resignation.
STRINGER / AFP
Sudanese protesters stand on a monument as others rally in the area of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019. The writing on the monument reads in Arabic: "Victory is ours".
STRINGER / AFP
Sudanese protesters gather for a second day outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 7, 2019. Sudanese police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who rallied outside the army headquarters for a second day urging the military to back them in demanding President Omar al-Bashir resign.
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Sudanese men gather atop a pedestrian crossing with a national flag and a banner reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all", during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019.
AFP/ File
Sudanese men gather atop a pedestrian crossing with a national flag and a banner reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all", during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. AFP/ File
A Sudanese protester with a bare back walks with a sign behind reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all" during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019.
AFP
A Sudanese protester with a bare back walks with a sign behind reading in Arabic "Just fall that is all" during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. AFP
Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country.
AFP
Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country. AFP
Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country.
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Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. Sudan's police on April 9 ordered its forces to avoid intervening against protesters as three Western nations threw their weight behind demonstrators' demands for a political transition plan in the country. AFP
A Sudanese protester holds a placard during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. The writing on the placard reads in Arabic : "We have chosen death, hey dancer", referring to the president. 
STRINGER / AFP
A Sudanese protester holds a placard during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 9, 2019. The writing on the placard reads in Arabic : "We have chosen death, hey dancer", referring to the president. STRINGER / AFP
A Sudanese protester takes part in a rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019, as thousands of protesters urging the military to join calls for leader Omar al-Bashir's resignation.
STRINGER / AFP
A Sudanese protester takes part in a rally in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019, as thousands of protesters urging the military to join calls for leader Omar al-Bashir's resignation. STRINGER / AFP
Sudanese protesters stand on a monument as others rally in the area of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019. The writing on the monument reads in Arabic: "Victory is ours".
STRINGER / AFP
Sudanese protesters stand on a monument as others rally in the area of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 8, 2019. The writing on the monument reads in Arabic: "Victory is ours". STRINGER / AFP
Sudanese protesters gather for a second day outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 7, 2019. Sudanese police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who rallied outside the army headquarters for a second day urging the military to back them in demanding President Omar al-Bashir resign.
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Sudanese protesters gather for a second day outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 7, 2019. Sudanese police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who rallied outside the army headquarters for a second day urging the military to back them in demanding President Omar al-Bashir resign. AFP

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