Feb 01, 2019 10:40 Asia/Tehran

Sudanese security forces used tear gas to disperse protests in the capital Khartoum and elsewhere on Thursday.

Iran Press/Africa: Protesters in Omdurman shouting slogans against the administration of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, with some rinsing their faces to avoid inhaling the gas.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries or arrests, Reuters reported.

On Thursday, also fresh demonstrations erupted in Khartoum as well as in villages across Jazeera State to the south.

Students, activists and other protesters have held almost daily demonstrations across Sudan since 19 December, calling for an end to economic hardships and mounting the most sustained challenge to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s three decades in power.

Bashir has blamed the protests on foreign agents and challenged his rivals to seek power through the ballot box. He has shown no sign that he is prepared to concede any power.

Sudan has been rapidly expanding its money supply in an attempt to finance its budget deficit, causing spiraling inflation and a steep decline in the value of its currency.

The public display of anger, over price hikes and shortages, soon escalated into calls for Bashir to step down, blaming him for the country’s problems.

Sudanese authorities have declared curfews and states of emergency in several states. Residents say police have used live ammunition against protesters. 101/202

 

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