16 professors arrested over planned anti-government protest
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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