(CBS)-Thousands protest longtime leader Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan

Thousands of protesters chanting “revolution is the people’s choice” took to the streets Tuesday in a city southeast of Sudan’s capital to call on longtime leader Omar al-Bashir to step down. It’s the latest in nearly three weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

The demonstration in Gadaref came just hours after Sudan’s Interior Minister, Ahmed Bilal Othman, told Parliament that police have arrested 816 people since protests began in mid-December. 

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