Police attack mosque full of people in Sudan
July 13, 2012
More than 30 people were arrested on Friday when police fired tear gas at a mosque which has become a focus of Arab Spring-style protests in Sudan, a senior opposition figure said.
About 200 people were left inside the besieged Wad Nubawi mosque after many others fled from the tear gas, said Mariam al-Mahdi, a politbureau member of the Umma party linked to the mosque in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman.
“They hit them massively with the nerve gas,” said Mahdi, daughter of former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi who leads the party. There were “many casualties” because people were suffocating from the fumes.
The remaining group of 200 were later “beaten out” of the mosque, she said.
Security forces have responded with increasingly aggressive tactics, using gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition mostly fired into the air, since June 22 when small demonstrations began at the mosque after Friday prayers, she told AFP in an interview this week.