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Sudanese police teargas protesters after prayers | swissinfo.ch

By Yara Bayoumy

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese police fired teargas at worshippers trying to leave a mosque to demonstrate after Friday prayers, witnesses said, as the government attempts to quell protests against austerity measures and calls for greater freedoms.

The past three weeks have seen small-scale protests across Sudan calling for the government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in power for 23 years, to resign.

The demonstrations have yet to attract the large numbers seen in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, but they pose another challenge to a government trying to deal with multiple rebellions and an economic crisis.

Online activists, some inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings last year, have been using social media to call for larger demonstrations, but Sudanese police and security forces have routinely and swiftly crushed any sign of dissent.

FULL ARTICLE (swissinfo.ch)

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