Sudan: Riotous Departure

Riotous Departure

For three days last week, thousands of demonstrators roamed the streets of Khartoum, Sudan's capital, looting shops, burning gasoline stations and trashing automobiles. Police and troops used riot sticks, tear gas and, on occasion, gunfire to quell the disturbances. At least six people were killed, more than 2,000 arrested; several thousand people, mainly squatters and vagrants, were trucked out of the city. The violence erupted the day before Sudanese President Gaafar Nimeiri departed on a one-week visit to the U.S. that includes an April 1 meeting with President Reagan.

Western diplomats in Khartoum discounted government claims that the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood...

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