Protestors demand release of detainees, end to President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule in Sudan

Protestors chant slogans against the military rule of Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir, call for his resignation during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan.

Hundreds of protesters marched on a women’s prison in Omdurman, second largest city in capital Khartoum, calling for the release of detainees arrested in protests against President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule in Sudan.

The protesters called for the overthrow of President Bashir as they approached the prison demanded the release of women arrested in ongoing demonstrations.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), an umbrella body of doctors, engineers and teachers, spearheading the protests said they are fighters and they will complete their mission.

Women are taking the lead in the protest movement.

Referring to a detainee Ahmed Al Kheir, who died in detention last week in Khashm El Girba, protestors said, they are all Ahmed.

Sudanese president Bashir acknowledging the unrest in the country said the growing economic hardships have angered youths and sent them out into the streets.

More than 1,000 people, including journalists and opposition leaders have been arrested since the protests began.

Omar al-Bashir is the seventh President of Sudan.

He came to power in 1989 as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.

Since 1989, he has been elected three times as President in elections that have been under scrutiny for corruption.

He is head of the National Congress Party.