16 professors arrested over planned anti-government protest

Sudanese authorities arrested 16 University of Khartoum professors last Tuesday as they allegedly planned to join protests against the government’s inability to address deteriorating economic conditions, writes Mohammed Alamin for Bloomberg.

The instructors were taken “as they organised a sit-in”, the Association of Sudan University Teachers said in a statement. The group is part of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which, with mostly secretive membership, has been a force among those calling for President Omar al-Bashir to resign.

Unrest that began in December in Africa’s third-biggest country by area and has claimed dozens of lives is the most serious threat to al-Bashir’s rule since he seized power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989. Its causes include an economic crisis that’s hitting the middle classes and the poor alike, with fuel, wheat and cash shortages contributing to inflation reaching 70%.
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