Three Sudanese killed in Omdurman protests: SUNA

Supporters of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir chant slogans to his favour during a rally at ...
Supporters of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir chant slogans to his favour during a rally at Green Square in Khartoum, Sudan January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Three Sudanese protesters were killed during demonstrations in the city of Omdurman on Wednesday, the state news agency SUNA said.

The city “witnessed riots and illegal gatherings” that were dispersed by tear gas, SUNA said.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir vowed to a rally of thousands of supporters in the capital Khartoum that he would stay in power despite weeks of demonstrations against his 30 year rule.

His speech failed to quell the unrest, with security forces fighting running battles on Wednesday with protesters in the city of Omdurman on the opposite bank of the Nile.

Medics reported one person killed and six others wounded by gunshots.

The authorities disputed that toll, with state news agency SUNA quoting the health ministry’s director of hospitals as saying the Omdurman hospital had received no casualties.

Protesters have been staging demonstrations almost daily for weeks, enraged by shortages of bread and foreign currency. The unrest has come as the ruling party has pressed ahead with plans to change the constitution so Bashir can stay in office beyond his present term, which ends in 2020.

A defiant Bashir challenged his opponents to face him at the next election, and blamed unnamed foreign powers for provoking the protests.

“(To) those who are seeking power, there is one way which is the ballot box, through free and fair elections,” said Bashir, who opened and closed his address dancing to patriotic music and waving his cane in the air.

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