PHOTO FILE: People take part in an anti-government protest in Omdurman, Sudan, on January 9, 2018, in this fixed image taken from social media videos. Haitham Seo / through REUTERS
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan President Omar al-Bashir reiterated Monday that he will not resign after weeks of violent protests and urges him to quit due to a worsening economic crisis.
The protests have spread throughout Sudan since 19 December in the most sustained challenge up to the 30-year rule of Bashir. The security forces used real ammunition to disperse the demonstrations. The number of official victims is 24. Amnesty International stated that at least 40 people were killed.
"The government does not change through demonstrations," Bashir said, speaking to supporters of Nyala, the main city of South Darfur, a day after demonstrators demonstrated for the first time.
"We said that we have an economic problem and it is not solved through vandalism," he said.
Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Written by Lena Masri; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky