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Sudanese in KL protest against their president

 | June 29, 2012

More than 100 Sudanese attempted to gather outside their embassy, but were chased away by police.

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 100 Sudanese gathered near their embassy here in protest against President Omar al-Bashir’s 23-year reign.

Comprising of mostly students, the group attempted to rally outside the embassy along Persiaran Ampang at about 3pm.

Marching in pockets from around the area, they were however forced to disperse by about 30 police officers, curtly telling them to leave.

Officers later remarked to FMT that the Sudanese embassy did not want to meet with their disgruntled countrymen, who demanded an end to Omar’s reign.

Sudanese protesters told reporters present that they had had enough of their government.

“The existence of our government is wrong,” said student Rahim Ano, 40, who has been in Malaysia for three years.

“It is a restrictive government, and people are against the mistakes of this regime. We are here to stop all these.”

Omar Sayid, 26, said: “The economy in Sudan is going down. Nobody here wants the [Sudanese] government. We want this government to leave.”

Another student, Ahmed Abdelsalam, 22, said: “We are supporting the Sudanese revolution. We are fed up with the government, and we want to form a new government. They [Bashir's administration] have been in place for 23 years and they didn’t do anything.”

Recently, Sudan has been rocked by multiple protests after Bashir came up with tough austerity measures to deal with the country’s troubled budget.

These measures included plans to cut its civil service, the reduction of fuel subsidies and various tax increases.


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