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'Licking your elbow' protests in Sudan

Issue No. 2310

Thousands joined protests in Sudan last weekend to counter official celebrations for the 23rd anniversary of president Omar al-Bashir's rule.

A presidential aide recently said that getting rid of the president was as likely as licking your own elbow. The opposition now defiantly call “licking your elbow” demonstrations.

Police dispersed protests in the capital Khartoum on Friday and Saturday with batons and tear gas. The government claims it made over 1,000 arrests.

On Sunday 250 people came out in Ombada, a poor neighbourhood, chanting “no to rising prices”. They threw rocks at the police.

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Tue 3 Jul 2012, 17:54 BST
Issue No. 2310
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