Sudanese protests & # 39; the government will not change & # 39 ;: Bashir
Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir appears during a demonstration with his supporters on the Green Square in the capital Khartoum on January 9, 2019
The rebellious Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Monday that ongoing protests will not lead to a change in government, because he has tackled a demonstration of cheering supporters in the war-torn Darfur.
"Demonstrations will not change the government," Bashir told crowds of supporters who had gathered in Niyala, the capital of the state of South Darfur, where only a day ago the police had broken a demonstration against the government.
"There is only one way to power and that is through the ballot box." The Sudanese people will decide who will drive them in 2020, "said Bashir, who plans to go to the presidency for the third time next year.
Lethal protests have shaken Sudan since December, when angry mobs in cities and towns took to the streets against a government decision to raise the bread price.
At least 24 people died in the protests, which quickly changed to national anti-government rallies, with protesters calling on Bashir to resign.
"Sudan has many enemies and those enemies have few people among us who do not want stability and security," said Bashir, waving his trademark as supporters "stay, stay" sing.
"We will not allow anyone to destroy our homeland by plundering and burning our property."
In the first days of the protests, various buildings and offices of the ruling National Congress Party of Bashir were set on fire in towns and villages.
On Sunday, the first anti-government demonstrations were held in Niyala and El-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur.
Bashir is being sought by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes and genocide allegedly committed in Darfur, where a brutal conflict erupted in 2003.
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