Sudan: Protesters stage mass rally outside army headquarters

Media captionThousands rally in the capital, Khartoum

Thousands of demonstrators across Sudan have taken part in what appears to be the biggest series of rallies against President Omar al-Bashir since protests began in December.

In Khartoum, demonstrators reached the army headquarters for the first time. The presidential compound is nearby.

Security forces used tear gas and batons to try to keep protesters back.

The rallies marks the 34th anniversary of the coup that overthrew the regime of former President Jaafar Nimeiri.

Why are people protesting?

The protests were originally sparked by a hike in the cost of living but are now calling for the president, who has been in power for nearly 30 years, to step down.

Sudan’s economy has long been strained since the US imposed sanctions more than 20 years ago, accusing Khartoum of sponsoring terror groups.

Image caption Authorities have used tear gas to try to disperse the protesters

On 19 December 2018, the Sudanese government announced the price of fuel and bread would rise.

In the year leading up to this, inflation was…

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