Sudanese police fire tear gas at funeral for slain student

The student died during a 200-strong protest march at Khartoum University against escalating violence in the western Darfur region

Sudanese police fire tear gas at funeral for slain student

World Bulletin/News Desk

Security forces in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday fired tear gas at demonstrators attending the funeral of a student killed in a protest, a Reuters witness said, and Khartoum University suspended classes "indefinitely".

Ali Musa was killed at a 200-strong protest march against escalating violence in the western Darfur region on the university campus when police fired tear gas at the protesters.

Police said on Tuesday they would investigate his death.

About a thousand people, some carrying flags and chanting "killing a student is killing the nation" and "revolution is the people's choice", marched in the procession. Some threw stones at police, and about five were slightly wounded.

"With the killing of this student, (President) Bashir has lost his legitimacy, and we'll go out to protest until we topple him," protester Hussein Yassin, 32, told Reuters.

Dozens have been killed in the region in recent weeks, where rebels have been fighting forces of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Bashir faces a sharp drop in oil revenues, the main source of government income, and rising inflation after losing most of his active oilfields following the secession of South Sudan in 2011.

Subsidy cuts and other austerity measures brought in last September to cope with the crisis led to the capital's worst street protests in years, compounding the turmoil in a country also fighting rebels in southern and western border regions.

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