Police disperse student protest in Sudan

March 4, 2012 18:00

KHARTOUM - Sudanese police used batons to disperse more than 100 students protesting in the center of Khartoum against the closure of their campuses following the independence of South Sudan, witnesses said.

South Sudan became independent in July under a 2005 peace agreement with Sudan to end decades of civil war. Both sides have failed to sort out a long list of issues such as sharing oil or marking the poorly defined joint border.

Students who used to attend southern universities with campuses in Sudan gathered in front of the presidential palace. They called on Sudan and South Sudan to start talks to allow them to get diplomas from their old universities.

"The fate of students must come before oil," one banner said.

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