Protests in Sudan are escalating as demonstrators continue to call for political change and the resignation of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir (Al Jazeera). The protests initially began in December following a severe economic crisis that was partly a result of U.S. sanctions and the loss of oil revenues (Reuters). Since then, protests have led demonstrators to intensify their calls for Bashir to step down (Reuters). The demonstrations have turned deadly with officials reporting the death toll to be 38 and the Human Rights Watch reporting more than 50 deaths. (Al Jazeera).
Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service has now taken violent action to break up an anti-government sit-in that was taking place outside the army headquarters (BBC). According to the Sudanese Professionals Association, the security forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire in attempts to disperse the protesters (AP News). A soldier died while army officers tried to defend the protestors from the security forces (Al Jazeera). The union leading the protests has made calls for the military to support the “people’s choice” by supporting them in ending Bashir’s rule (AP News).
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