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Sudan up in smoke: Anti-government protests engulf NE African nation (VIDEO)


Sudanese police are trying to subdue anti-government demonstrations that have gripped the country for a week. Activists say police used tear gas to disperse protesters, and report crackdowns on opposition members.

Protesters hurled rocks, burned tires and blocked roads before being dispersed by the police in the country’s capital, Khartoum.

In the neighboring city of Omdurman, some 200 demonstrators were scattered by baton-toting and tear gas-firing officers.

On Saturday, the country’s top police chief Hashem Othman al-Hussein ordered security forces to quell the rallies “firmly and immediately” and to confront the “riots” and the groups behind them, the country’s official SUNA news agency reported.

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