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Killed by Police in Sudan Protests

Killed by Police in Sudan Protests

As demonstrations sparked by a hike in bread prices entered their sixth day, doctors went on strike in a country beset by economic woes.

The committee said in a statement that it would submit an official demand on Tuesday for the "president's immediate resignation in response to the uprising by the Sudanese people".

Officials and witnesses have previously said at least 12 people have been killed in the unrest so far.

Meanwhile, President, Omar al-Bashir, has warned citizens against QUOTE attempts to instill frustration.

Bashir, one of the longest serving rulers in Africa and the Middle East, told a rally in central Jazeera state on Tuesday that people who had destroyed institutions and burned public property were "traitors" and "mercenaries".

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Security forces used excessive force attacking the peaceful protestors with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

Britain, Canada, Norway, and The United States in a joint statement released late on Monday in Khartoum urged Sudan's government and security forces to allow people to peacefully protest to express their legitimate grievances, reported News24. The protests erupted in the eastern Sudanese cities of Qadarif and Atbara on Wednesday over the government's decision to increase bread prices. A higher death toll of 22 has been given by Sudan's main opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi, who blamed "armed repression" for the casualties. Sudan's foreign ministry summoned Kuwait's ambassador to Khartoum Bassam Mohammed al-Qabandi after the Gulf state issued a travel warning and called on its citizens living there to leave.

Over the past year, the cost of some goods has more than doubled, inflation has risen to almost 70%, the value of the Sudanese pound has fallen sharply and shortages have been reported in main cities of the country including the capital Khartoum, according to BBC. Demonstrations broke out in January over the rising cost of food, but they were soon brought under control with the arrest of opposition leaders and activists.

Since the protest commenced on December 14, dozens of peaceful protesters have also been arrested and detained by the Sudanese government.

He has been accused by the International Criminal Court of bearing individual criminal responsibility for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the western region of Darfur beginning in 2003.


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