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Sudan junta cracks down on anti-coup rallies

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KHARTOUM: Authorities in Sudan have cracked down hard on protestors against the military coup on Saturday, as rallies of pro-democracy movement tried to march towards presidential palace in Khartoum.

Protestors had disrupted Internet and phone communications, demanding the military to go back to barracks. On Saturday, Sudanese protestors chanting against military rule had headed towards the presidential palace. To dispersing the protestors, police fired tear gas, and arrested 114 protestors. At least 50 policemen were injured in the tussle with the protestors.

On October 25, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power and ordered to Prime minister Abdullah Hamdok al-Kinani into house arrest. But due to international pressure, al-Kinani was released and reinstated as prime minister on November 21 though the government remains in the hands of the military régime.

More then 48 people have lost their lives in two months of protests against the military rule.

United Nations officials have accused the ruling party of sexual violence, including rape and gang rape by security forces against female protesters.

Khartoum’s state governor has warned that the security forces would strictly deal with those who break the law and create chaos.

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