KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese police clashed with mourners on Friday during the funeral of a 60-year-old protester who died from a gunshot wound sustained during a fifth week of anti-government demonstrations.
They fired live ammunition after some mourners hurled rocks and chanted slogans demanding an end to the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir, a Reuters witness said.
Police - Teargas - Protesters - Part - Capital
Police used teargas against protesters in another part of the capital Khartoum and also in the adjacent city of Omdurman, on the other side of the River Nile.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday he was worried about the situation in Sudan and encouraged the government to respect human rights and “restrain any form of handling the situation of demonstrations that can undermine those rights and can of course be dangerous to people.”
Mourners - Moawia - Othman - Thursday
Earlier, around 5,000 mourners turned out for the funeral and burial of Moawia Othman, who was shot late on Thursday.
Mourners blocked a main street in the Burri district of Khartoum with stones and chanted “There is no God but God!” and “Martyr! Martyr!”. Several were wailing and crying and some were carrying Sudanese flags.
Reports - Casualties - Police - Comment
There were no immediate reports of casualties. Police could not immediately be reached for comment.
After Othman had been buried and the weekly Muslim Friday prayers began at noon, the mourners dwindled to hundreds who began chanting “Down, that’s it”, which has become the slogan of protesters signaling their main demand for Bashir to step down.
Atmosphere - Area - Burri - Security - Presence
As the atmosphere in the area grew more tense, police pulled out of Burri completely, leaving no security presence on its streets. The Burri protests continued late into the afternoon.
Elsewhere, demonstrators blocked Sahafa Zalat Street, one of Khartoum’s main arteries that runs through some densely populated...
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