Sudan: Bashir bans protests as state of emergency fails to end demonstrations

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Sudan President Omar al-Bahir on Monday banned unlicensed public gatherings and all forms of protests.

In a series of emergency decrees, the president officially outlawed demonstrations after announcing a one-year state of emergency on Friday, which failed to calm anti-government unrest on the streets.

Bashir bans protests and unlicensed gatherings

President Omar al-Bashir’s ban on protests and unlicensed gatherings is the leader’s latest attempt to calm violent protests demanding he steps down as the country’s leader. Demonstrations have been held almost daily since December calling upon the president to resign, which Bashir has repeatedly refused.

Security forces have responded by firing teargas at demonstrators and also firing live ammunition at crowds on multiple occasions. Dozens of people have died in protest violence in recent months and speculation over Bahsir’s future is mounting.

On Friday, the president announced a one-year state of emergency, giving security forces the right to search any building, restrict movement of people and arrest individuals suspected of any crime related to the state of emergency.

He also disbanded the government and replaced ministers with military personnel.

In a statement from the presidential palace on Friday, Bashir also announced a ban on trading or hoarding fuel products and subsidized goods, as well as new regulations on trading foreign currency and gold.

Featured image: Autor: محسن الفكي – Vlastní dílo, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31412866

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.