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Crackdown in Sudan Continues as Anti-Austerity Protests Rage On

Protests ongoing since June 16; protesters teargassed, journalists arrested

Common Dreams staff

Sudan continues its crackdown on dissent as anti-austerity protesters complete their second week of demonstrations against the regime.

"We started off calling for the cancellation of the austerity measures," one protester told the Guardian, "but now it's about bringing down the regime."

Reuters reports that protesters were chased and teargassed Friday, with one activist telling the agency, "About 250 of us are surrounded inside the mosque compound and we are still being teargassed."

President Bashir's austerity measures have included tax increases and price inflation, including a 30%-increase on food prices in May. 

More protests have been called for Saturday, the anniversary of the 1989 coup in which Bashir seized power.

Agence France-Presse reports that a correspondent from their Khartoum bureau was arrested after taking photos of an anti-regime protest. They also report that an Egyptian correspondent from Bloomberg was deported from Sudan while covering the uprising.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reported this week that Sudan had been arresting bloggers in an attempt to silence dissent.

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Video from Al Jazeera: Sudan anti-government protests intensifies

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Reuters video: Police use teargas at Sudan protest

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