February 09, 2019 07:22 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Being able to replace our government officials and the right to peacefully protest are some of the things we take for granted here in the United States. These political events have also impacted loved ones still living in Sudan.
But on another continent, people are imprisoned and killed for speaking out. That's exactly the reason why a group of local immigrants from Sudan took to the streets in Rochester on a cold Saturday afternoon, to protest political events that have rocked Sudan for more than a month. Demonstrators are calling for Sudan's president, Omar Al-Bashir to step down.
Nearly two dozen people braved the cold in the fourth anti-government rally in Rochester. Sudan's economic crisis sparked the first local demonstrations in December.
Al-Bashir has been the country's president for over 30 years and many blame him for the spike in the prices of basic goods, including food, medicine, and gas.
Over in Sudan, protesters have been met with violence by Al-Bashir's regime.
The Associated Press reports at least 57 have been killed in Sudan. One of those who was killed was a teacher. The Sudanese Association of Southeast Minnesota and several newspapers report, the teacher was tortured and sexually assaulted until he died. Members of the local Sudanese group also says more than 3,000 people have been imprisoned for protesting in Sudan including some relatives of Sudanese immigrants who live in Rochester.
Updated: February 09, 2019 07:22 PM
Created: February 09, 2019 07:16 PM
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