Wednesday 09 January 2013
Sudan's opposition protests on Independence Day
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (C) waves to crowds, Damazin 1 January, 2013
Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
By Michel Arseneault

Sudan's Independence Day, which is celebrated on New Year's Day, is an opportunity to celebrate the "father of indepedence", former President Ismail al-Azhari - the man who cut off ties with Britain and Egypt. But, for some opposition activists, this year's Independence Day was also an opportunity to relaunch anti-government protests. One of them, Ibrahim Alsafi, tells how he was arrested, beaten and later released.

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