Sudan police disperse “illegal gatherings”

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Sudanese police dispersed “illegal gatherings” in Khartoum and several cities in other states on Sunday, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) said.

Sudan has been rocked by persistent anti-government demonstrations since December 19. Protests were initially triggered by price rises and cash shortages but evolved into demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule.

Police spokesman Hashem Ali told SUNA “illegal gatherings were dealt with by police and its squad using tear gas”. He said police in Khartoum state received reports of injuries among citizens and police.

Police arrested an unspecified number of protesters and filed legal complaints against them under emergency measures declared last month, SUNA said.

In addition to emergency measures Bashir also dissolved central government, expanded police powers and replaced state governors with security officials.

The official state news agency rarely reports on the demonstrations.