Sudanese police fire tear gas at protest over Darfur violence

by Reuters
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:41 GMT

Darfuri women participate in a peace rally on International Peace Day at the town of Al-Fashir in North Darfur September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

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Sudanese police have used tear gas and batons against students protesting in Khartoum against government policies in the restive region of Darfur, a Reuters witness says

KHARTOUM, March 11 (Reuters) - Sudanese police used tear gas and batons against students protesting in Khartoum against government policies in the restive region of Darfur on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said.

Around 200 students organised a march at Khartoum University against escalating violence in Darfur, where rebels have been fighting forces of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Dozens have been killed in the region in recent weeks.

Bashir has stayed in power despite rebellions, U.S. trade sanctions, an economic crisis, an attempted coup and an indictment from the International Criminal Court on charges of masterminding war crimes in Darfur.

Bashir faces a sharp drop in oil revenues, the main source of government income, and rising inflation after losing most of his active oilfields following the secession of South Sudan in 2011.

Subsidy cuts and other austerity measures brought in last September to cope with the crisis led to the capital's worst street protests in years, compounding the turmoil in a country also fighting rebels in southern and western border regions.

(Writing by Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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