Sudan opposition figures detained, leader says

AFP , Sunday 24 Mar 2013

Sudanese anti-government leader says three opposition members were arrested after joining a rally in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on Saturday

Three Sudanese opposition members were detained after police forcibly dispersed a rally demanding the release of other opponents of the regime held for several weeks, their leader said on Sunday.

"We dispersed but after I left the place... three young men were arrested," Farouk Abu Issa, head of the opposition alliance, told AFP.

He said they had rallied on Saturday in support of six members of opposition parties detained for their connection with a conference in Kampala, Uganda, which led to a charter for toppling the 23-year regime of President Omar al-Bashir.

"There were hundreds of women and men and children. The families of some of the detainees were there," Issa told AFP.

He said they gathered in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman at the family home of Sudan's first prime minister, Sayyid Isma'il al-Azhari.

"After we finished we went out of the house... When we were standing there raising banners the police came and used tear gas, very excessively," said Issa, who represents more than 20 opposition parties.

His alliance, along with community activists, agreed in January to the New Dawn charter with insurgents from Sudan's Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas.

The pact calls for regime change using both armed and peaceful means.

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