Sudan teargasses warring students in Khartoum

By Mohamed al-Khatem, Monday, May 05, 2014

Sudanese security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse clashes between student supporters and opponents of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party at Khartoum University.

Sudanese security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse clashes between student supporters and opponents of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party at Khartoum University.

KHARTOUM – Sudanese security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse clashes between student supporters and opponents of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) at Khartoum University.

Clashes erupted on Sunday when pro-NCP students tried to disperse a campus sit-in staged by opposition students to protest the government's failure to release the results of an investigation into the death of one of their colleagues in March, eyewitnesses said.

A university student was killed in March when police dispersed a demonstration held to protest an escalating military showdown between the Sudanese army and rebel forces in the western Darfur region.

Eyewitnesses said students – armed with bladed weapons and stones – clashed with one another, prompting security forces to intervene with teargas.

No casualties were reported in Monday's clashes.

Khartoum University students called off a weeklong sit-in last month after the university administration promised that results of the investigation would soon be made public.

The administration, however, failed to honor its pledge, prompting students to declare a fresh sit-in on Sunday.

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