KHARTOUM, Police in Sudan have fired tear gas at protesters as part of violent anti-government protests that have spread across the country.
Hundreds of demonstrators blocked a road near a football stadium in the capital, Khartoum, on Sunday before clashing with riot police.
Opposition figures say 22 demonstrators have been killed since Wednesday, but officials say the figure is much lower.
The protests erupted after bread and fuel price rises were announced.
Over the past year, the cost of some goods has more than doubled, inflation has risen to nearly 70%, the value of the Sudanese pound has fallen sharply and shortages have been reported in cities including the capital Khartoum.
A group of doctors has also said that its members will go on strike from Monday to increase pressure on President Omar al-Bashir.
Sunday’s clashes happened as crowds of people spilled out of a football match in Khartoum.
They blocked roads and chanted anti-government slogans before riot police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse them.
Earlier, footage on social media appeared to show continuing protests in a number of areas.
The Central Sudanese Committee of Doctors said its members had seen protesters in hospitals with gunshot wounds and said there had been a number of deaths and injuries.
On Saturday the authorities arrested 14 leaders of the National Consensus Forces, an opposition coalition, including the grouping’s 85-year-old leader Farouk Abu Issa, a spokesman said.
“We demand their immediate release, and their arrest is an attempt by the regime to stop the street movements,” spokesman Sadiq Youssef said.
On Saturday Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the main opposition Umma party, condemned “armed repression” and said the protests were fuelled by the “deteriorating situation” in the country.
Mahdi – who was was prime minister from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1986 to 1989 – returned from almost a year in exile on Wednesday.
His government was the last to be democratically elected in the country and was toppled in a 1989 coup launched by al-Bashir, who has since been accused of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s western region of Darfur by the International Criminal Court.
The protests started in the eastern town of Atbara, where demonstrators burned the offices of Bashir’s National Congress party.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK