KHARTOUM - Police fired teargas to disperse thousands of Sudanese demanding that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir step down on Friday, a day after deadly clashes with security forces whom rights groups accused of of shooting dead at least 50 people.
In the last few days, protests have drawn more than 5,000 people, the biggest for many years in Khartoum where Bashir - wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges - has ruled since a coup in 1989.About 3,000 people, angered by a police crackdown on demonstrations against the lifting of fuel subsidies, took to the streets after Friday prayers in Khartoum's twin city Omdurman, across the Nile, shouting "Freedom! Freedom!" and "The people want the fall of the regime!".
Defying a massive security presence, the crowd marched to the central market, holding up banners saying "No, no to price increases!"
Police fired teargas, sending some protesters running for cover. But most remained, some hurling stones at the police, others torching cars.
More than 2,000 people also demonstrated in Khartoum's northern Bahri district, a hot-spot for days of unrest, and other areas, witnesses said. Police again used teargas.