Sudan police tear-gas students protesting 'uni selloff'

2016-04-27 10:33

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Khartoum - Sudanese police used tear gas Tuesday against students protesting over what they say is a plan to sell off buildings belonging to Khartoum university, despite the government denying the charge.

Some 200 students protested at the campus on the banks of the Blue Nile in central Khartoum, an AFP reporter said.

Demonstrators who left the campus main gate were swiftly confronted by dozens of riot police and plain-clothed officers.

Angry students threw stones at the police who fired tear gas and also used their batons, witnesses said.

An AFP correspondent at the scene reported a thick stench of tear gas in the area.

Seven police trucks were parked near the university and dozens of policemen deployed near the campus, the correspondent reported.

The students were also protesting against the arrest of several of their peers during a similar rally last week, witnesses said.

President Omar al-Basir's government has denied plans to sell iconic university buildings and move the institution to a new site in the capital.

Khartoum university has seen regular anti-government protests, and is often closed by the authorities in an attempt to prevent unrest.

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