Women freed amid new Sudan protests

AFP-JIJI

Tires burned and shouts for freedom filled the air in a Sudanese town Sunday night during renewed anti-government demonstrations, witnesses said, while authorities freed some people arrested after earlier protests.

President Omar al-Bashir ordered the release of female detainees, and a judge in Khartoum threw out charges against 19 people who were among hundreds rounded up after deadly protests sparked by fuel price hikes in late September, a lawyer said.

The latest demonstrations occurred in various parts of the town of Sinnar, an agricultural center about 250 km southeast of Khartoum, witnesses said, adding that police fired tear gas.

Up to 300 demonstrators also called for freedom and justice in Shambat, a poor district of North Khartoum.

State radio reported on Sunday night that al-Bashir had ordered the release of “all the women arrested except those accused of a crime.”

The husband of social media activist Dalia El Roubi said that she was among those freed. El Roubi, who works for the World Bank in Khartoum, had been held for seven days by the National Intelligence and Security Service. Amal Habani, a journalist with Al-Khartoum newspaper, was released as well, her husband said.