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Sudanese protesters decry violence in southern state

Security forces fired tear gas as Sudanese protesters marched in the capital Khartoum on Sunday against the country’s military leadership, holding it responsible for an outbreak of violence in the Blue Nile state.

More than 30 people were killed and 100 wounded in tribal clashes that began last week between the Hausa and Fung tribes in the southeastern state near the Ethiopian border, according to Sudanese officials and the United Nations.

Authorities said Sunday they would beef up the security presence in the state and investigate the clashes. A curfew has been declared in two locations.

Protesters in the capital carried banners reading “Stop the civil war”, “The Blue Nile is bleeding” and “Cancel the Juba Peace Agreement” as they marched towards the presidential palace.

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There have been sporadic outbreaks of violence in various parts of Sudan, including the coastal regions of eastern and western Darfur, despite a nationwide peace agreement signed by some rebel groups in Juba in 2020.

The antimilitarist movement, which has carried out a campaign of protests since the October 2021 coup, has accused the military of fueling the internal conflict and failing to protect civilians.

“The continuation of the coup means more deaths, as we saw in Blue Nile, Darfur and other places,” said Mohamed Idris, a 43-year-old protester in Khartoum.

Military leaders have said their seizure of power was necessary to preserve Sudan’s stability amid internal political strife, and that they are working to build on the peace agreement in Darfur and other regions.

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