Sudanese women defy riot police in ‘freedom’ protest


KHARTOUM – A group of women demonstrated in the Sudanese capital on Sunday to demand the release of dozens of protesters arrested last month, as three journalists were detained in a separate rally. Around 25 women, among them mothers of those still in custody since anti-government protests on January 30, stood waiting for hours outside the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) building.
Anti-riot police outnumbered the women, who carried pictures of their loved ones, by about five to one.Two cameramen and an AFP photographer were held for several hours at a nearby protest, organised by journalists seeking the release of arrested colleagues. The three walked free but had their equipment and identity cards confiscated.