Hundreds of Sudanese protesters rallied Thursday in downtown Khartoum and other districts of the capital in support of fellow demonstrators detained in the weeks of rallies against President Omar al-Bashir's rule, witnesses said.
The latest protest came after Bashir acknowledged that Sudan's controversial public order law and growing economic hardships had angered youths and sent them out into the streets.
The rally was called to express solidarity with the hundreds of demonstrators who have been arrested since anti-government rallies erupted in December.
The protesters returned to the downtown area of the capital, chanting their campaign's rallying cry of "freedom, peace, justice," witnesses said.
For almost two weeks a security clampdown had prevented them from converging on the capital's downtown area.
"Bring all your soldiers but today you will fall," chanted the protesters, witnesses said, adding that riot police swiftly confronted them with tear gas.
"The authorities thought we won't be able to reach downtown," a demonstrator told AFP without giving his name for security reasons.
"It has been difficult, but today we have managed to do it."
Protesters also staged rallies in the capital's eastern neighbourhood of Burr and three other areas in Khartoum, witnesses said.--AFP