Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Sudan Police crackdown on Student Protests
Up to 16,000 students staged a sit-in protest at the University of Khartoum on Sunday, December 25th. The students were protesting police violence and demanding the overthrow of both the university administration and the Sudanese government.
Clashes between students and police began earlier in the week when up to 700 students staged a smaller protest in support of people displaced by the construction of the Merowe Dam. Police entered the campus on Thursday and used batons and tear gas to disperse the students; the sit-in began on Saturday and was violently broken up the following day, with the arrest of over 70 students.