Five killed in protests against Sudan’s president

Five killed in protests against Sudan’s president

Khartoum, Apr 7: Organisers behind anti-government demonstrations in Sudan said security forces have killed at least five protesters in the last 24 hours, a claim disputed by the government.
A protest saw one of the largest turnouts in more than three months of demonstrations calling on President Omar al-Bashir to resign.
The protests began in December as a movement reacting to spiralling prices and a failing economy but quickly escalated into demands for Bashir’s departure after three decades in power.
Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, a spokesperson for the Sudanese Professionals Association, said on Sunday that four people were killed in the capital city of Khartoum when security forces tried to disperse crowds approaching the military’s headquarters.
Another protester was killed in Omdurman, the twin city of Sudan’s capital, Abdel-Jaleel said.
The state-run SUNA news agency has quoted police spokesman General Hashim Abdel-Rahim as saying that one person was killed “during disturbances in Omdurman.”
Officials say 31 people have died in protest-related violence so far, but Human Rights Watch has put the death toll at 51, including children and medics.
Chanting “one army, one people”, the protesters heeded a call by the organisers to march on the army headquarters, located near Bashir’s residence.
Witnesses said that security forces used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Some protesters were reportedly arrested.