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Nationwide Demonstrations

26.09.13

Mass protests, 38 killed & Internet cut

Wednesday 25th September 2013

There have been widespread protests throughout the day in Khartoum, Khartoum North, Omdurman, Wadi Medani, Port Sudan and Nyala. The Government of Sudan has responded with tear gas, mass arrests, live ammunition which has resulted in at least 38 protesters being killed and hundreds injured. Schools and university had been closed and the Internet was cut off.

In Khartoum, Khartoum North and Ordurman Protesters burned or destroyed Government and ruling party buildings as well as petrol stations and blocked many main roads. The police have used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the protesters which led to the killing of 31protesters in Khartoum and Khartoum North and Seven in Omdurman and hundreds were injuredMany of those killed were school and university students, and there have been mass arrests.

The Internet has been cut for the whole of the country as the as an attempt from the authorities to disrupt communication between the protesters and to control information on what is happening. Reports from the Renesys corporation indicate the Internet was completely cut off at 15.47 Sudan time. The authorities have also announced that all schools and universities will be closed until Sunday 29th September.

In Port Sudan school and university students took to the streets in protest and were joined by civilians in the city centre. They were dispersed by the police using tear gas.

In Nyala there were several protests in different parts of the city. The authorities blocked off South Nyala to prevent demonstrators reaching the city centre and there were reports of the authorities using live ammunition and a helicopter to disperse protesters.

SUDO(UK) calls upon the Sudanese Government to end the use of lethal force against protesters and to restore the Internet and other communications channels

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