Khartoum — Sudanese police fired tear gas at hundreds of anti-government protesters trying to march on the presidential palace in Khartoum as demonstrators raised pressure on President Omar al-Bashir to resign with nationwide rallies on Thursday. The East African nation has been rocked by more than a month of deadly protests triggered by the Bashir government’s decision to triple the price of bread. Protesters chanting the movement’s catchcry of “Freedom, peace, justice” have been confronted by a crackdown that has drawn international condemnation, including from the US which has warned Sudan it could damage moves to improve their ties. The mushrooming demonstrations are widely seen as the biggest threat to Bashir’s iron-fisted rule since he took power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989. Officials say 26 people have died in the violence, but human rights groups have put the death toll at 40. The Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA) that is spearheading the protest campaign has ...

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