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Over 800 protesters arrested in Sudan demos: Minister

AFP  |  Khartoum 

More than 800 protesters have been arrested from hundreds of anti-government demonstrations held across since last month, the interior said Monday.

"The total number of protesters arrested until now is 816," told parliament.

The figure was the first given by officials for those detained since deadly rallies erupted on December 19 after the government hiked bread prices.

Authorities say at least 19 people including two security personnel have been killed in clashes during the demonstrations, but rights group has put the death toll at 37.

Osman told lawmakers there had been a total of 381 protests reported since December 19.

He said 118 buildings were destroyed in the protests, including 18 that belonged to police, while 194 vehicles were set on fire including 15 that belonged to international organisations.

"The demonstrations began peacefully, but some thugs with a hidden agenda used them to indulge in looting and stealing," the said, adding that the situation across was now "calm and stable".

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:35 IST