Police in Khartoum, Sudan, used tear gas and batons to break up a demonstration by dozens of women. The women were protesting a recent decree by Khartoum’s governor banning women from working in public places such as restaurants and hotels.
According to Ghazi Suleiman, a lawyer who heads the National Coalition for the Restoration of Democracy, the women were peacefully protesting the ban when police attacked the marchers. “The police attacked the women with tear gas and batons, just five minutes after the protest started,” Suleiman told Reuters.
The ban by the governor was temporarily suspended by a Sudanese court after several women filed complaints against the edict.
Three women hurt, 26 arrested in Sudan demonstration. Reuters, September 12, 2000.
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