Khartoum — Scores of protesters, many of them women, returned to the streets of Sudan’s capital on Thursday, condemning a slew of tough measures imposed by President Omar al-Bashir to end weeks-long demonstrations against his rule. Bashir declared a year-long state of emergency on February 22 after an initial crackdown failed to suppress nationwide protests that have threatened his 30-year-old administration. Bashir has also banned unauthorised rallies and ordered the setting up of special emergency courts to prosecute those violating the state of emergency. But on Thursday, protesters led by women chanting slogans against Bashir took to the streets of some districts of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman, witnesses said. “Women are leading the rallies today, but security agents are arresting protesters in big numbers,” a witness said. Protest organisers had called Thursday’s rallies in support of women on the eve of International Women’s Day. “We are calling on our people to par...

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