Detained Sudanese protesters ordered released

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Sudan’s security chief ordered the release of people detained during anti-government protests, the information ministry said as demonstrations continued in several cities.

The ministry confirmed reports by activists Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh, the head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), visited a prison in Khartoum and said arrested protesters would be freed.

No further details were available. Hundreds of protesters, activists and opposition figures have been arrested since protests across Sudan started on December 19.

The demonstrations, triggered by a worsening economic crisis, called for an end to the rule of President Omar al-Bashir who has been in power since 1989.

Police used teargas to disperse dozens of demonstrators in Khartoum’s Burri neighbourhood and hundreds in its twin city Omdurman, witnesses said.

Hundreds also demonstrated in the Red Sea city Port Sudan and chanted anti-government slogans.