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Sudan protesters urge Darfur demos as new rallies planned

AFP  |  Khartoum 

A group organising anti-government protests across vowed to stage new demonstrations on Sunday, including for the first time in the war-torn region of

Protests that erupted in the provinces on December 19 after the government tripled the price of bread have escalated into nationwide anti-government rallies, with demonstrators calling for to resign.

Authorities say at least 24 people have died in the protests, while rights group has put the death toll at 40, including children and medical staff.

On Sunday, protest organisers called for demonstrations in the capital and other towns including Madani, Kosti and Dongola as part of what they have called a "Week of Uprising".

They also urged protests in Niyala and El-Fasher in Darfur, the first such rallies to be called in the region.

"The people of Niyala and El-Fasher, we call on you to gather in downtown like other towns and villages who are calling on Bashir to step down," the said in a joint statement with an alliance of opposition groups.

Darfur, a region the size of France, has been torn by violence since 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against Khartoum, accusing it of economic and political marginalisation.

has remained largely calm since last year, with no anti-government demonstration held so far even as protesters staged hundreds of rallies in other cities that have been swiftly broken up by riot police.

Anti-government demonstrations first erupted in towns and villages before spreading to last month.

Although the trigger was the rise in the price of bread, has faced a mounting economic crisis over the past year, led by an acute shortage of foreign currency.

Repeated shortages of and fuel have been reported in several cities, including Khartoum, while the cost of and medicine has more than doubled.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 14:55 IST