11 people killed during protests in Sudan capital

Sudanese soldiers cheer as they hold up their guns and a national flag during President Omar al-Bashir's visit to Sudan's main petroleum centre of Heglig on April 23, 2012 where Sudan's army says more than 1,000 Southern soldiers died in battle. Bashir said there will be no more talks with South Sudan, as fresh Sudanese air raids dashed hopes for an end to weeks of fighting. AFP PHOTO/ASHRAF SHAZLY (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Eleven people died in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday during attempts by the security forces to disperse an opposition rally against the current head of state.

According to the television channel Al-Arabiya, referring to the statement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Sudan “during the protest actions, six police officers and five citizens were killed.”

As previously stated by the Central Committee of Sudanese doctors on its Facebook page, in the past three days at least 21 people have died in Sudan, 153 were injured.

People’s protests have been going on in Sudan for about four months, which began with demands for lowering the price of bread, but gradually resulted in slogans about changing the political regime of Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power in Sudan for 30 years.

During this time, according to the opposition and human rights activists, about sixty demonstrators were killed, hundreds were injured, several thousand were detained.

A severe economic crisis, which, among other things, led to an increase in popular discontent, developed in Sudan after the introduction of American sanctions, and also due to the loss of a large part of oil revenues after the separation of South Sudan in 2011.

In recent weeks, the center of protests in Sudan has become the complex of buildings of the country’s Ministry of Defense in Khartoum, not far from the presidential palace, in front of which there is a permanent camp of demonstrators, where hundreds of protesters are located day and night.

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