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Protesters in Port Sudan March on Ruling Party Headquarters

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Protesters in Port Sudan March on Ruling Party Headquarters

Protesters in Port Sudan March on Ruling Party Headquarters

Protesters in Port Sudan marched toward the local headquarters of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party to deliver an anti-government petition on January 3, Reuters reported.

According to Reuters, the march was broken up before it reached the building.

Earlier in the day, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir delivered a speech where he promised increased wages, Reuters reported.

Anti-government demonstrations started in December to protest increased prices.

Security forces have cracked down on the protests with tear gas and live ammunition.

Officials estimated 19 people had been killed in the protests by December 27.

Meanwhile Amnesty reported the number of fatalities was 37.

Hundreds more people were injured during the protests, sparked by shortages of food and fuel and rising prices.

Protesters have called for the overthrow of al-Bashir, who has been in power since 1989.

A constitutional amendment proposed this month would allow him to retain his position past the end of his term in 2020.

Credit: Mohamed Absher via Storyful

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