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UN calls on Sudan to investigate protest deaths

UN chief Antonio Guterres called on authorities in Sudan to investigate deaths during protests. [Getty]

Date of publication: 30 December, 2018

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Amnesty International said it has 'credible reports' that Sudanese police have killed 37 protesters in clashes during anti-government demonstrations that erupted across much of the country last week.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called on authorities in Sudan to investigate deaths during protests in Khartoum and other cities.

Amnesty International said it has "credible reports" that Sudanese police have killed 37 protesters in clashes during anti-government demonstrations that erupted across much of the country last week.

Guterres "appeals for calm and restraint and calls on the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the deaths and violence," the UN spokesman said in a statement.

The UN chief is "following with concern" developments in Sudan and "emphasizes the need to safeguard freedom of expression and peaceful assembly."

Sudanese police fired tear gas at worshippers who staged demonstrations after Friday prayers in several cities, including Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman on the west bank of the Nile, witnesses said.

Photographs posted by activists on social media showed thick plumes of smoke rising from neighbourhoods in Khartoum as protesters burned garbage and tires.

Opposition groups have called for more anti-government rallies to be held over the next few days.

Sudan is facing an acute foreign exchange crisis and soaring inflation, despite the US decision to lift an economic embargo in October 2017.

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