Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has declared a national state of emergency, dismissed the federal government and sacked all state governors amid widespread anti-government protests.
President Bashir made announced the state of emergency in a TV address, but later appointed members of the security forces as replacement governors.
Sudanese security forces arrested 10 opposition leaders and 14 activists during an anti-government protest in Khartoum on Thursday.
The protesters were heading to the presidential palace with the aim of delivering a petition calling for democratic reform in the country.
Deputy head of the Umma Party, Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi; the party’s Secretary-General Sara Naqdallah; Communist Party leader Mokhtar al-Khatib, were among those detained during the demonstration.
Sudanese riot police fired teargas at hundreds of protesters who gathered in central Khartoum, calling on President Omar al-Bashir to resign.
The protesters chanted “freedom, peace, justice”, “peaceful, peaceful against the thieves” and “fall, that’s it” before being violently suppressed.
The incident is considered the largest crackdown against opposition protests which have been held on a daily basis since the beginning of January.
Since December 2018, Sudan has been witnessing a large wave of protests demanding the immediate departure of President al-Bashir who seized power via a military coup in 1989.
More than a thousand people have been arrested so far, while 50 others have been killed.