2011-02-01 Sudan Struggles to Protest

Protests continue in Khartoum despite violent police suppression which has resulted in onereported death of a protester. Tweets from activists in Khartoum say the government has started blocking some protesters’ individual cell phones. On Tuesday, around 200 students were beat back from protesting outside outside al-Nilein university by police who have already arrested and injured many protesters and killed one.

Opposition Islamist Hassan al-Turabi and a dozen members of his party were arrested earlier this month and are being held without charges. The African Center for Justice and Peace Studies released a statement saying “These ongoing rights violations are a pattern to silence dissident voices and limit access to information. The responses undertaken by police forces … exemplify the extent to which the (ruling party) are unwilling to tolerate any other voices on the road to democratic transformation.” They also said that police had detained more than 100 people on Monday and were continuing arrests, with people being taken from their homes and offices. Numbers that have been detained are impossible to keep track of. Rallies are illegal in Sudan without permission, which is rarely given.

 

Demonstration at Medical Complex on January 30 via @SudanProtests

 

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