KHARTOUM ( ) – Sudanese security authorities arrested several faculty members from Khartoum University on Sunday, two professors said, after they joined anti-government protests that have posed th,上海品茶交友群Kai,e most serious challenge to President Omar al-Bashir’s rule.
The arrests came amid fresh demonstrations in Khartoum and Wad Madani in response to a call by a coalition of professional unions to push for Bashir to step down.
Witnesses said security forces blocked professors and lecturers from coming out to protest outside the university, arresting at least eight. It was the first time the faculty of the country’s oldest and most prestigious educational institution has joined the protests since they began last month.
The rest were forced to return into the faculty club house, where security forces surrounded the building trapping about 100 professors and lecturers inside for nearly three hours.
“We demand the president of the republic to step down,” one placard read carried by the lecturers inside the club house, according to pictures posted on social media.
A police spokesman could not immediately be reached to comment.
Intermittent protests have rocked Sudan since anger over food shortages and rising bread prices erupted into demonstrations in the city of Atbara in the north on Dec. 19.
Security forces have used tear gas on occasions, live ammunition against demonstrators and rounded up more than 2,000 people. The Sudanese government has said that 19 people were killed in the protests, including at two members of the security forces. Amnest,上海品茶微信Faith,y International has put ,上海品茶论坛Barrett,the death toll at 37.
In Sunday’s protests, witnesses said hundreds of men and women marched from three separate locations in the capital trying to reach the presidential palace in central Khartoum but were dispersed by security forces using tear gas and stun grenades.
A separate protest in Wad Madani, Sudan’s second largest city, was also dispersed by security forces using tear gas, according to witnesses.
The protests were smaller than previous demonstrations.
They are the most persistent opposition Bashir has faced since he took power in an Islamist-backed coup nearly 30 years ago.
Sudan’s economy has struggled to recover from the loss of three quarters of its oil output – its main source of foreign currency – since South Sudan seceded in 2011, keeping most of the oilfields.
The United States lifted 20-year-old trade sanctions on Sudan in October 2017. But many investors have continued to shun a country still listed by Washington as a state sponsor of terrorism, whose president is wanted by the International Criminal Court over charges of masterminding genocide in Darfur – charges he dismisses.
Prime Minister Theresa May launched a spirited defence of the Union and warned her successors of the danger of a no-deal Brexit in a speech in Stirling on Thursday.
It was almost certainly her final visit to Scotland before July 24 when she is due to hand the keys to No 10 Downing Street to either Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson.
And in the speech at tech hub Codebase in Corn Exchange Road, Mrs May announced an independent review, to be led by former Scottish Office Minister Lord Dunlop, into whether the Government was doing enough to support the Union.
Her audience of around 100 included party supporters including Stirling MP Stephen Kerr and Stirling Council Tory group leader Neil Benny, journalists, and a number of guests. Among the latter were pollster Sir John Curtice, advocate and former Labour MSP Gordon Jackson QC and Stirling Council chief executive Carol Beattie.
Mrs May said, following the creation of a devolved Parliament in Scotland and devolved assembles in Wales and Northern Ireland, the question of how the Union could be secured for the future was being asked with “ever more urgency”.
It was not hard to see why, she added referring to the independence referendum in Scotland in 2014, SNP success in the general election a year later and campaigns for separation in Wales.
The Prime Minister said: “All of this against the backdrop of Brexit – a profound constitutional change that is putting political and administrative strains on the Union.
“When (former Labour leader and Prime Minister Gordon Brown) recently said that he fears the Union is ‘more imperilled now than it has ever been’ he voiced the fears of many.
“I care passionately about our Union. I certainly do not underestimate the scale of the challenge it faces. But I am optimistic about its future.
“The Union has proved a remarkably durable and flexible relationship over the centuries – evolvin,上海品茶会所Penelope,g to meet the needs and aspirations of the peoples of these islands. Its strengths are substantial.”
Referring to the 2014 independence referendum in Scotland,Mrs May said both the English and Scottish governments agreed to respect the result.
“The then First Minister and his then deputy both asserted that it was a ‘once in a generation’ or ‘once in a lifetime’ event,” she added.
“And if a majority had supported independence, the UK Government would have accepted that result – no question. But the people of Scotland did not vote for independence.
“So when Nicola Sturgeon requested of the UK Government in 2017 the power to legislate for a second independence referendum, just three years after that historic vote, I had no hesitation in firmly saying ‘no’.
“In the future, it will be for others to decide, based on the prevailing circumstances, how to respond to separatism.
“But the principle is clear – the Union can and will only prosper if it enjoys the support of its people.”
Mrs May insisted the UK Government was “invested in the success of devolution” but said it would suit the aspirations of the SNP for devolution to fail, or to be seen to fail.
And the Prime Minister said safeguarding the Union meant urgently “delivering a Brexit that works for the whole of the United Kingdom”.
She added: “Majorities of voters in England and Wales voted to leave, while majorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain.
“That fact places an important responsibility on a Unionist government committed to delivering on the referendum result.
“Ensuring that we leave the EU in a way that protects the interests of all parts of the UK has been one of my central priorities over the last three years – and I regret that I will soon be stepping down with that ambition as yet unfulfilled.
“Leaving with a good deal, one that works for the whole UK, is the very best possible outcome and the right one to be working towards.
“It means we can get on and build a good new relationship with our European friends and partners.
“And it is far better than leaving without a deal – which would have undoubted consequences for our economy and for the Union.”
Mrs May admitted that the responsibilities and privileges of the job of Prime Minister were only properly appreciated “once the black door closes behind you”.
“One of the first and greatest is the duty you owe to strengthen the Union,” she added.
“To govern with the popular support on which that Union is based. To respect the identities of every citizen of the UK – Scottish or Welsh, Northern Irish or English, British or Irish. And to ensure that we go on facing the future together, overcoming obstacles together, and achieving more together than we ever could apart – as a Union of nations and people.”
Mrs May has the reputation of a serious politician but the Observer drew a smile from her with a question about the electoral prospects of Stirling MP Stephen Kerr.
Mr Kerr was elected to Westminster with the narrow majority of 148.
We asked Mrs May which one of her potential successors – Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt – would give Mr Kerr the best chance of retaining his seat at the next General Election.
Mrs May has yet to give an indication of which of the two she will support and she declined to give a straight answer on Thursday.
She said what would ensure Mr Kerr’s longevity as an MP was the way “he is championing the needs of his c,上海品茶工作室Lex,onstituency and standing up for Stirling”.
“He is a first-class member of Parliament and will be elected at the next election,” she said.
A group of 60 or 70 largely pro-independence protesters carrying Saltires, SNP flags and placards gathered outside Codebase to await the Prime Minister’s arrival.
A controversial ‘Tory Scum Out’ banner was also displayed outside Codebase as Mrs May visited.
The banner, thought to be linked to ultra-nationalist organisation Siol nan Gaidheal, surfaced early last year when it was put up outside the constituency offices of Mr Kerr and Ochil and South Perthshire Tory MP Luke Graham.
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