Sudan: Police order officers not to intervene in protests

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Police in Sudan have ordered officers not to intervene in protests as thousands of demonstrators march outside the army’s headquarters in the capital Khartoum.

Protesters in Sudan are demanding the resignation of long-serving president Omar al-Bashir. Demonstrations have been staged across the country for months and security forces have fired upon crowds on multiple occasions. Thousands of people have been protesting outside the army HQ since Friday and heavy gunfire has been reported outside the complex.

Police order officers not to intervene

In an official statement, Sudan’s police said it had ordered all forces not to “intervene against the citizens or peaceful rallies.”

Meanwhile, the country’s interior minister said on Monday that seven protestors had been killed since demonstrations began outside the army HQ on Friday. He also said 15 other protestors and 42 security officials have been injured while almost 2,500 people have been arrested.

Two soldiers have been killed according to some reports.

The country has been gripped by anti-government protests since December last year, which have expanded into demands for Bashir to step down and a campaign for various human rights issues under his rule.

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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.