Sudanese police storm Khartoum University’s compounds, over 317 students arrested
(KHARTOUM) — Sudanese police in the early morning of Friday raided dormitories of the University of Khartoum and arrested over three hundred students in anticipation of a new protest they planned to stage this weekend.
Since December students organised different protests in Khartoum asking to remove the Director of the University who asked the police to enter in the campus to disperse a student protest. The students demonstrated in support of the al-Manasir ethnic group’s demand for compensation, as they have been affected by the construction of Merowe Dam north of Khartoum.
Since, the University was closed in order to avoid any escalation of the protests, students were asked to return to their homes in the different provinces. However, many remained on the campus and called for a new sit-in outside the Director’s office on Sunday 19 February.
At dawn on Friday – the first day of the Sudanese weekend – the anti-riot police cordoned off the student housing block and started to evict the students, an eyewitness told Sudan . The source added that hundreds of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) members dressed in plain clothes participated in the preventive arrest of 317 students.
“The police armed with batons entered in the dormitories and arrested the sleeping student. Those who tried to resist were severely beaten,” he said.
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