BBC | Sudan protests: Authorities order release of all detainees

Authorities in Sudan have ordered the release of all detainees held during weeks of anti-government protests.

The release was ordered by Sudan’s intelligence and security chief, Salah Ghosh, the information ministry said in a statement. No reason was given.

More than 1,000 people are reported to have been detained in the protests, which began in December.

President Omar al-Bashir has blamed the unrest on “foreign agents” and rebel groups in the Darfur region.

Meanwhile, riot police in the capital Khartoum used tear gas to disperse dozens of demonstrators in the Burri district on Tuesday, witnesses said.

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